B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International strongly condemns the barbaric truck ramming that occurred on Jan. 8 in Jerusalem. The rampage killed four and wounded at least 15. The driver purposely veered off the road and headed for a group of Israel Defense Forces cadets training to be officers. He then reversed and ran over the soldiers again before being shot and killed.
According to Israel’s Channel 2 news, a group of Palestinians celebrated the terrorist attack by flocking to the streets and handing out sweets. The radical terrorist group Hamas tweeted praise for the murderer.
Celebrating murder is a vile and cruel act. Palestinian incitement and rejectionism is the primary cause for the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians. The Jerusalem attack is another example of the senseless terrorist violence that has long been a bitter and horrifying fact of daily life in Israel.
B’nai B’rith offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families.
B’nai B’rith Salutes House Of Representatives For Bipartisan Repudiation Of UNSC Anti-Israel Resolution
B’nai B’rith International salutes the House of Representatives for bipartisan repudiation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that reiterated the erroneous and harmful position that Jewish settlements are a primary obstacle to Middle East peace.
The United States abstained from the vote, despite vetoing a similar resolution five years prior. The House’s resolution, passed on Jan. 5 by a vote of 342 to 80, noted that the UNSC resolution “undermines the prospect of Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations.”
“We commend the U.S. House of Representatives for its unwavering support of the Jewish state. The United Nations’ bias toward Israel is both unfounded and incessant, and this resolution was yet another example of that. The American abstention on the U.N. vote, which enabled the resolution to pass, was simply unacceptable,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
The House legislation also states that “a durable and sustainable peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians will come only through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties resulting in a Jewish, democratic state living side-by-side next to a demilitarized Palestinian state in peace and security.”
“The Palestinian Authority has become adept at using the United Nations system to promote its own narrative. B’nai B’rith applauds the House of Representatives for its commitment to ensuring that the process of pursing peace between Israelis and Palestinians is through direct negotiations,” B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “We readily urge the Senate to pass this piece of legislation.”
B’nai B’rith International protested plans for an upcoming Middle East peace conference at which 70 countries are expected to attend. The summit, scheduled to occur in Paris on Jan. 15, figures to be a one-sided farce and an impediment to peace.
“This conference will provide the international community an opportunity to gratuitously gang up on Israel. The past two weeks have already seen Secretary of State John Kerry deliver a speech unfairly blaming Israel for the current impasse and the United Nations Security Council pass a resolution broadly condemning the Jewish state. The Paris summit should not take place, as it will only further embolden the Palestinians and disincentivize them to negotiate,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
B’nai B’rith has long-maintained that peace can be achieved only by direct bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Gatherings like the Paris conference effectively negate Israel’s role in discussions about its own security. This feeds the Palestinian strategy of hindering the peace process by hiding behind the international community and using the United Nations system to advance the Palestinians’ goal of demonizing and isolating Israel.
“The Paris summit may set the stage for yet another one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution, which would continue to cloud the prospect of a negotiated peace. By prejudging the outcome of future negotiations, repeatedly castigating Israel, and pressuring the Jewish state to make unilateral concessions, the international community continues to encourage Palestinian rejectionism,” B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said.