OU does not favour a Palestinian State, they say

The talk in the shul this week has been about the alledged change of position of the Orthodox Union on the uestion of a Palestinian state.

In responds to a letter to them, they clear the air.

    Thank you for your e-mail. Please be advised that, contrary to what you may have read or heard, the Orthodox Union has not changed its policy, and has not come out in favor of a Palestinian State. The Orthodox Union’s policy remains as stated in the following resolution, adopted at our most recent Convention in November 2008:

    “The Orthodox Union feels an historic obligation to preserve for the Jewish people the right to live and travel freely and safely in the land of our heritage, including the territories of Yehuda and Shomron [Judea and Samaria]…

    Thus, while we strive for security and peace, we are skeptical of any policy that relinquishes part of Eretz Yisrael without obtaining both.”

    Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
    Executive Vice President, Emeritus
    Orthodox Union

From what I read, they certainly aren’t against a Palestinian state.

November 28, 2010 | 2 Comments »

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  1. Rabbi Weinreb’s comment would seem positive, “The Orthodox Union feels an historic obligation to preserve for the Jewish people the right to live and travel freely and safely in the land of our heritage, including the territories of Yehuda and Shomron …”. Yet, while Rabbi Weinreb quotes from 2008 Convention resolution that the OU is “skeptical of any policy that relinquishes part of Eretz Yisrael without obtaining both”( peace & security), isn’t he really saying that the OU would be willing to give up historical land for alleged true peace?
    Of course, the so-called peace camp believed they had true peace in Oslo I, then Oslo II, then after the Gush Katif retreat, and now…

  2. Thank you for your e-mail. Please be advised that, contrary to what you may have read or heard, the Orthodox Union has not changed its policy, and has not come out in favor of a Palestinian State. The Orthodox Union’s policy remains as stated in the following resolution, adopted at our most recent Convention in November 2008:

    “The Orthodox Union feels an historic obligation to preserve for the Jewish people the right to live and travel freely and safely in the land of our heritage, including the territories of Yehuda and Shomron [Judea and Samaria]…

    Thus, while we strive for security and peace, we are skeptical of any policy that relinquishes part of Eretz Yisrael without obtaining both.”

    Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
    Executive Vice President, Emeritus
    Orthodox Union

    Yes. That’s what I got from them, too. And I had the same reaction as Ted Belman. I was taught to look for what is not said, as well as what is said. Nowhere do I see their coming out against a “Palestinian” state.