Israeli leader urges immediate revival of peace negotiations
By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
NEW YORK (ANS – October 1, 2015) – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has hailed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call at the United Nations today (October 1, 2015) for the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table and lauded Netanyahu’s remarks that Israel and Arab states are cooperating against radical Islam.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu today took a significant stand at the UN today for peace in the Middle East, in calling for the Palestinians to return immediately and without preconditions to the negotiating table while restating Israel’s firm commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.
Meanwhile, “It is Israel, a tiny sea of democracy and stability in the Middle East, that is standing up for the free world by working with moderate Arab nations to confront Islamic radical forces such as ISIS on the front lines of terror,” Lauder added.
According to a news release, Lauder urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to focus on the portion of his own speech in which he said his “hands remain outstretched” for peace. Lauder made the comments after Abbas said the Palestinians no longer consider themselves bound by the Oslo peace accords.
Over the past month, Lauder has met with both Abbas and Netanyahu as part of a continued campaign by the WJC to strengthen and revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The WJC and Lauder have also remained on the forefront of those organizations calling for world leaders not to remain silent in the face of radical Islam, and to intercede on behalf of migrants from civil war-torn Syria. Prime Minister Netanyahu, speaking today at the UN about the UN’s inaction against Iran’s attempts to acquire nuclear weapons and arm radical Islamic forces, halted his speech for 20 seconds as symbolic moment of silence.
About the World Jewish Congress:
The World Jewish Congress (WJC), founded in Geneva in 1936, is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.
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Photo captions: 1) From left: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Barack Obama and PA President Mahmoud Abbas during a trilateral meeting in New York, Sept. 22, 2009 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90). 2) Dan Wooding.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books.
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