WJC urges Israel, PA to restart peace talks

Despite Palestinian incitement, violence, World Jewish Congress still believes in two-state solution; calls on Arab world to intervene.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.
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The World Jewish Congress (WJC) urged the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to return to direct peace negotiations without preconditions as soon as possible on Tuesday, during the WJC’s Governing Board's annual meeting. 

Nearly 150 Jewish leaders of the WJC's communities and organizations gathered in Rome for the conference, and will meet with Pope Francis in the Vatican Wednesday for the 50th anniversary of the landmark declaration Nostra Aetate, which was promulgated on October 28, 1965. 

During the meeting, the WJC adopted several resolutions: 

  • that “two-states for two peoples is the only workable, realistic basis for a true and lasting peace” and reiterated that “a peace agreement can only be reached in bilateral negotiations and not imposed by any outside party"; 
  • that the PA must stop incitement against Jews and Israelis, including treating terrorists as heroes - and called for the Arab world to intervene;
  • that “both Israel and the United States ensure that their special relationship remains strong and vital," despite differences over the Iran deal; and
  • that the international community must maintain sanctions against Iran pending verification of compliance with the nuclear agreement reached with the P5+1.

In the resolution on Iran, the board voiced skepticism that the nuclear deal reached in July 2015 would achieve its objective of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons and removing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran through diplomatic means. Nevertheless, it voiced concern that Tehran would honor the terms of the agreement and pointed at “troubling and difficult” gaps in the deal, and expressed the need for constant examination and vigilance.

The Jewish leaders also urged the international community to “demand from Iran an immediate stop of any financial and logistical support to terrorist organizations,” and called on the Iranian authorities to comply with Argentinian requests to hand over citizens suspected of involvement in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people, and the 1992 bombing attack against Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29.