JAC Statement on the Paris Attack

January 13, 2015

JAC is horrified at the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France.  Our hearts go out to the those victims of terrorism and anti-semitic acts.  We were disappointed that President Obama did not attend the rally in Paris — a mistake the Administration has publicly admitted.  However, there is simply no place in the public debate for hateful, inflammatory speech. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) comments comparing President Obama to Hitler are disgusting, irresponsible, and non-productive and hinders efforts to move this country and world closer toward religious and ethnic tolerance. The Administration has consistently condemned anti-semitism at the U.N. and other forums. We are confident our country will continue to take a leaderships position on this alarming issue, helping to ensure that all religious groups can live and worship peacefully.

At a time like this, we must remember the “unbreakable bond” between the U.S. and Israel.  Under the President’s leadership, the U.S. substantially increased funding for Iron Dome and Israel’s overall security.  The President continues — even today during a phone call with Prime Minister Netanyahu —to reaffirm that the U.S. is focused and committed to reaching a comprehensive deal with Iran that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

JAC stands with the Administration in its efforts to further strengthen the U.S.-Israel partnership, one that is built on mutual democratic values and deep, historic friendship.

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