Israel's Place as a Democratic State

 Israel's Place as a Democratic State in the Middle East and at Home - The Place of Religious PluralismThe Hon. Tzipi Livni, Head of Kadima PartyIntroduction: The Hon. Oscar Goodman, Mayor, Las VegasWelcome: Mitchell Ogron, president, Temple Beth SholomGreetings: Elliot Karp, president & CEO, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, NV; Rabbi Felipe Goodman, Temple Beth Sholom; Rabbi Gilah Dror, Rodef Sholom Temple, Hampton, VA; president, Rabbinical AssemblyPresented at RA Convention 2011

Resources on the Unilateral Declaration of Palestinian Statehood

The Israel Action Network (IAN), a project of the Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, is coordinating a North American response to the Palestinian Authority leadership’s decision to pursue a policy that has become known as Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI). While the exact course of their actions is not known, it may include seeking full membership or some form of enhanced status in the U.N. during the General Assembly in late September. UDI threatens to undermine the long-standing consensus of reaching a two states for two peoples outcome based on direct bilateral negotiations; instead it uses the UN as a vehicle to isolate and place diplomatic pressure on Israel.

The Rabbinical Assembly, having recently released a resolution on UDI, is partnering with the IAN in this important effort.