Schindler Says U.s.-israel Agreement is Encouraging, Welcome Move

Rabbi Alexander Schindler, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said today in a statement on behalf of its constituent groups, “The reported agreement by the President and the Foreign Minister of Israel on how . . . peace is to be negotiated is an encouraging and gratifying development which we welcome and support.” Schindler said that “America has a vital stake in the security of Israel and in the peace and stability of the Middle East.” He added:

“We are deeply gratified that our country and Israel have apparently settled their differences over the conditions for resuming the Geneva peace conference. That conference can only succeed if it is based on UN Resolutions 242 and 338 and if it concludes with the signing of formal peace treaties that lead to the establishment of diplomatic, trade and cultural relations between Israel and the Arab states.”

Schindler insisted that “there can be no peace in the Middle East” if the PLO is granted the status of a negotiating party or if the negotiations “become embroiled in dispute over an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank.”

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