Letters from U.S. urge Bibi to not expand settlements

More than 700 letters from American rabbis and rabbinical students expressing concerns about settlement expansion were delivered to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Some 720 rabbis and cantors, along with rabbinical and cantorial students, signed the letter online in response to the Israeli government’s advancement of construction plans in the controversial E1 corridor between Maale Adumim in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The letter is an undertaking organized jointly by Rabbis for Human Rights–North America, J Street and Americans for Peace Now.

“All of us believe that the ultimate safety and security of Israel as a Jewish state will depend on reaching a peace agreement that also allows Palestinians to live safely and securely in their own state,” the writers said in letters delivered Jan. 7. “We fear that building settlements in E1 would be the final blow to a peaceful solution.”

Marisa James, the rabbinical student fellow for Rabbis for Human Rights–North America in Israel, arrived at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem with three other rabbinical students to deliver the letters. — jta