ADL Welcomes Renewal of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations

New York, NY, July 19, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today cautiously welcomed Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement of a renewal of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We welcome the news that Secretary of State Kerry has secured an agreement on the resumption of Israeli Palestinian negotiations.  Secretary Kerry’s intensive, determined and hands-on efforts to bring the parties to the table without preconditions are commendable.

We believe that this is a moment of ripeness and are gratified that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to return to the negotiation table to engage in good faith, constructive talks with the Israeli government.  We are hopeful that the upcoming talks will bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to their shared vision of two states living side by side in peace and security.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.