Rabbis tell Bush to meet with Iranian and Syrian leaders by Mitch E. Perry

09/19/06

As President Bush refuses to meet with Iranian President Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, more than three-hundred rabbis from across the country are urging the Bush administration to re-engage Iran and Syria, and to use its influence to promote political solutions rather than polarization and conflict. As the High Holy Days approach, the Rabbis, from the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace are also urging Americans to actively pursue peace in the Middle East.

In a letter that will be released nationally on Thursday, the Rabbi’s say that “the vigorous, nonviolent pursuit of peace is not a naïve dream, but our only real hope.� And they deplore the violence that has defined Israel's relationship with her neighbors.

John Friedman is one of those rabbi’s of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, North Carolina. And is the national chair of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace. He told WMNF why, despite the ugly rhetoric that Iranian’s president has at times espoused, the President should in fact ‘deign’ to meet with him (roll tape# 1 o.q. “we want to solve the problem�)

That’s Rabbi John Friedman, from the Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, North Carolina. We’ll hear more from him later this week.

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