May 03, 2007

Conference of Presidents Statement on the Winograd Commission Report

From Conference of Presidents Statement on the Winograd Commission Report:

In response to numerous press inquiries, Harold Tanner, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of the Conference of Presidents, issued the following statement: With the publication of the Winograd Commission report, Israel has again shown its profound democratic nature and readiness to engage in difficult, even painful, self-examination. The report's findings will be subject to scrutiny by the people of Israel and their elected officials, who will draw their own conclusions. American Jewish organizations do not play a role in the decisions regarding the political futures of Israel's leaders. That is the prerogative of the citizens of the sovereign State of Israel.

The role of American Jewry is to help the State of Israel and the people of Israel through this difficult period and to offer our continued support. With an unwavering commitment to the democratic principles that have been the underpinnings of the state since its founding, Israel has been through other difficult periods of introspection in the past and emerged stronger. We are confident of the same result in the case of the Winograd Commission report.