Agudath Israel of America declared its support for President Bush’s conduct of the war in Iraq. “Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been involved in a war against forces of evil and terror,” the Orthodox umbrella group said in a statement. “These forces pose a grave danger not only to the United States and its allies in the Western World, but also to our Jewish brethren in Israel and across the globe. America’s efforts in Iraq have been part of this larger battle. While, in retrospect, the planning and execution of some of these efforts may have been less than perfect, there have also been significant achievements. The bottom line, at this time, is that the stakes in Iraq remain high, and that there still remains much to be done.” The group said it was compelled to declare its support because the Reform movement has come out against the war.
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