ADL Applauds Israel PM Netanyahu's Speech At UN - Says Abbas Peace Song 'Rings Hollow'

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director discusses
Israel's persistent call for peace with the Palestinians.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

New York --- September 28, 2011 .... Days after the Palestinian Authority, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Hamas and much of the Arab world attacked the legitimacy of Israel at the UN one can still find several Jewish organizations standing up for Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) embraced Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the UN General Assembly, in which he unequivocally repeated Israel's desire for and commitment to peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu again agreed for the creation of a peace seeking Palestinian state through negotiations.

The ADL, in a news release, stated that Netanyahu's words stood in stark contrast to those of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose expression of a desire for peace with Israel "rings hollow amid his strident accusations against Israel."

"Prime Minister Netanyahu carefully and comprehensively set forth the steps Israel has taken over the years to achieve peace and reiterated Israel's readiness to make painful compromises when the Palestinians acknowledge a simple truth - Israel is the Jewish state," said Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director in a joint statement.

The ADL added: "In stark contrast to Netanyahu's speech, PA President Mahmoud Abbas' expression of a desire for peace and his claim that his UN initiative was not to delegitimize Israel ring hollow amid his strident accusations against Israel, maximalist demands and adamant refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Abbas peppered his speech with incendiary accusations against Israel and aimed to reposition the Israel Palestinian conflict not as a territorial conflict, but a religious and racial conflict."

"Netanyahu effectively made a strong case for an immediate return to negotiations. Netanyahu's suggestion that he and Abbas meet 'here and now' in New York represents the polar opposite of Abbas' message to the world. The international community should urge Abbas to take up this offer."

Just prior to his speech before the General Assembly, Abbas provided UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with a formal application for "Palestine" to become a full member of the United Nations despite appeals from leading members of the international community to return to direct negotiations and refrain from unilateral and confrontational action.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

The ADL has worked closely with law enforcement for decades to carry out their mission of protecting both the Jewish people and all others from extremism, hatred and injustice. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the scale of ADL's work with law enforcement has increased significantly and the greatest demand for ADL expertise has been in the area of training for law enforcement. As the foremost non-governmental authority on domestic terrorism, extremism, organized hate groups and hate crimes, the ADL has been the leading non-government organization training police. In 2010 alone, the ADL trained more than 10,500 law enforcement officers from all over the US.

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