URJ stance no surprise
If the 2016 election ended differently, and President Hillary Clinton recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Union of Reform Judaism would have offered endless effusive praise for a bold move that might unlock the decades-old stalemate (“Israel hot topic at Reform biennial,” Dec. 14).
Instead, with President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, the URJ finds itself “in a bind,” as your article describes it, and puts out a statement filled with a huge pile of awkward qualifiers.
This should surprise no one. The URJ has always been, more or less, an arm of the Democratic Party.
Someday, Israel will have peace, and American Jews will be represented by politically independent organizations.