The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today issued the following statement concerning the United Nations Security Council’s rejection of a Palestinian resolution that called for Israel to withdraw from certain territories by 2017 and the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders:
“The National Council of Young Israel extends its gratitude to the Obama Administration and the United States, as well as to Australia, for rejecting the Palestinian Authority’s ill-conceived and ill-advised attempt to circumvent the peace process through yet another unilateral effort. By voting ‘no,’ the U.S. and Australia, together with the five nations that abstained from the vote, ensured that this anti-Israel resolution that was put forth under the guise of a diplomatic effort suffered the fate that it deserved. Rather than endeavoring to address their areas of concern directly with Israel, the Palestinian Authority instead chose to grandstand on the world stage once again. The submission of this counterproductive resolution is yet another reminder of just how uninterested Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are in pursuing a lasting peace agreement with Israel. The peace that we all yearn for can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties and not by any other means.”
For the past 102 years, the National Council of Young Israel has ably served the broader Jewish community. With more than 25,000 member families and nearly 200 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, the National Council of Young Israel is a multi-faceted organization that embraces Jewish communal needs and often takes a leading role in tackling the important issues that face the Jewish community in North America and Israel.