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Turkish Jewry feels ‘safe and secure,’ says Conference of Presidents heads

By SAM SOKOL \ 02/14/2016 22:19

Turkey's small Jewish community feels “safe and secure” despite being placed in the middle of Ankara and Jerusalem’s ongoing political feud, leaders of one of the United States’ largest Jewish representative organizations said on Sunday.

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo today. The two-hour meeting covered a wide range of domestic and international issues, including U.S.-Egyptian and Israeli-Egyptian relations, regional threats, especially those posed by terrorist organizations and their supporters, and Iran post-JCPOA.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met in Ankara with a delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, led by Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman, pictured far right, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, center. They discussed a range of issues including relations between Turkey and the United States and Israel, terrorism and extremism, and regional conflicts. The delegation was accompanied by heads of the Turkish Jewish Community, led by Ishak Ibrahimzadeh.

Erdoğan meets with American Jewish leaders in Ankara

February 10, 2016, Wednesday/ 15:30:34/ TODAY'S ZAMAN | ISTANBUL

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with an American Jewish delegation representing different leading Jewish organizations in the US at a time of ongoing efforts to mend ties with Israel after years of diplomatic estrangement.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, New York, NY…Rabbis and leaders of the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements are joining with the Conference of Presidents in declaring this weekend, October 16 – 17 (Parshat Noach), as a special Sabbath of Solidarity with Israel.

The truth about why Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust.

If you’ve been following the news from Israel, you might have the impression that “violence” is killing a lot of people. As in this headline: “Palestinian Killed As Violence Continues.” Or this first paragraph: “Violence and bloodshed radiating outward from flash points in Jerusalem and the West Bank appear to be shifting gears and expanding, with Gaza increasingly drawn in.”

Recent examples of how Palestinian incitement leads to violence, from the GPO Press Conference.

Jerusalem is a special city and Jerusalemites are a unique and extraordinary people. Jerusalem is a large city, and when necessary, we know how to function as a warm and embracing community. We band together, becoming one family, putting into practice the adage of our Sages, “All the people of Israel are responsible for one other.”

Under the terms of the Oslo Accords, the PA is obligated to refrain from incitement against Israel and its civilians and to take measures to prevent others from engaging in it. True to Abbas’s statement before the UN General Assembly that the PA would no longer be bound by Oslo, he and other PA officials have breached these key requirements of the accords, not only affirmatively inciting violence, murder and hatred against Jews but failing to condemn the onslaught of terrorism being waged against Jewish civilians, including women and children.

Statement from Stephen Greenberg, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations:


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