The Executive Committee of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) released the following statement on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017:
The UMJC expresses its profound disappointment in the US government’s recent abstention on the non-binding UN Security Council Resolution 2334.
The UMJC affirms Israel’s right to exist behind firm and secure borders. The UN’s disproportionate focus on Israel is both unwarranted and ineffective. Only a few weeks ago, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admitted as much when he observed that:
Decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel. In many cases, instead of helping the Palestine issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.
The US and Israel’s long-standing bilateral relationship has been characterized by mutual respect, support, and cooperation in combating terrorism and promoting religious freedom in the region. In an unstable region ruled by dictators, monarchs, and mullahs, the U.S. alliance with Israel – the only stable democracy in the Middle East – must not be taken for granted.
We call upon the US government to actively oppose any further attempts to delegitimize Israel in the international arena, whether through the various organs of the United Nations or in multilateral summits such as the upcoming Paris Conference. We also continue to support genuine efforts toward peacemaking between Israel and Arab parties in the Middle East, especially regarding the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Jesse Hutcher, President
John Fischer, Vice-President
Seth Klayman, Secretary
Charlie Cohen, Treasurer
Monique Brumbach, Executive Director