Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Israel

Adopted by the CCAR at the 89th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Toronto, Canada, June 26-29, 1978

We applaud the government of Israel's continued willingness to negotiate with her neighbors. We feel it appropriate to recognize Israel's need for security in any negotiations and agreement.
        
We condemn the violence and irresponsibility of the PLO. It is clear that terrorism has become a world-wide scourge requiring international action.
        
We are deeply troubled by this administration's, decision to couple previously-agreed-on arms sales to Israel with Congressional agreement to significant military sales to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The sale of advanced jets to these Arab states can only contribute to the destabilizing of the area.
        
We are alarmed at the repeated public denunciations of Israel's alleged intransigence and the contrasting silence on the unwillingness of Jordan and Syria even to enter the negotiation process. This is especially alarming as it emanates from the government in Washington. Similarly, Washington has frequently expressed its unhappiness with Israel for various negotiating positions but remained silent when Egypt voluntarily broke off the talks. Since negotiation of the complex issues fundamentally depends on Israel and the Arab states, we call on the American government to use its best efforts to facilitate such negotiations without imposition, just as it remains the staunch historic ally of Israel.
        
We share in the enduring dream of the Jewish people for peace. We pray that the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel will see the fruition of this dream.