Reform Rabbis Support Israeli Government

More than 120 Reform rabbis from around the world issued a joint statement yesterday supporting the Israeli government in its "war against terrorism" and rejecting the Palestinian demand for a right of return. The statement, which was initiated by British-born Rabbi Michael Boyden, now of Hod Hasharon, said: "There will be no final resolution to the Middle East conflict until each side recognizes the fundamental justice and inalienable moral claims of the other for independence and freedom." Boyden says he contacted his colleagues via an Internet forum for Reform rabbis. Most of the signatories are from North America, while the remainder come from Israel, Europe and Australia.