Conference head: U.S.-Israel ties will stay strong


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The relationship between the United States and Israel will remain strong no matter who forms Israel’s new government, asserted the head of a major American Jewish organization.

“We have good relationships with the leaders of each party in position to form a government,” said Alan Solow, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, in a news release distributed Sunday.  “We are confident that whatever coalition is formed and whoever will be the leader of that coalition, the fundamental relationship between Israel and the United States will remain strong.

“While it is to be expected that there may be disagreements between officials of democratically elected governments, the differences here are quite small compared to shared fundamental values of Israel and the United States," he added.  "We are sure that this strong relationship will continue regardless of who will be the next prime minister of Israel.”

Also on Sunday, Solow reiterated that American Jewish leaders and the U.S. government should not interfere in the formation of a new coalition government in Israel.

He made the remarks during a news conference marking the start of the organization’s weeklong meeting in Jerusalem. The delegation met with Pope Benedict XVI over the weekend before arriving in Israel.

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