Resolution on the Security Fence in Israel

Whereas every nation has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens from attack;

Whereas the State of Israel is under attack from bombers supported by terrorist organizations determined to undermine the morale of its citizens and destroy the Jewish State itself;

Whereas the Palestinian Authority has not successfully curbed such attacks and the State of Israel has tried to maintain its security against this particularly egregious and loathsome threat; and

Whereas a security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip has proved effective in deterring such attacks and the State of Israel lacks a more effective alternative at this time.

Therefore be it resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly support the right of the State of Israel to create such a security fence as a legitimate tool of self-defense in a manner which will aid the renewal of the negotiations for peace and maintain the Jewish and democratic character of the State while seeking to avoid unnecessary hardships to innocent Palestinians.

Passed by the Rabbinical Assembly Plenum, February, 2004