|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2016
WASHINGTON (NRB) – The following statement was issued today by Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, in response to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, adopted Dec. 23, and Secretary of State John Kerry’s Dec. 28 speech defending the Obama administration’s actions regarding Israel.
“National Religious Broadcasters joins bipartisan leaders on Capitol Hill and Americans across the political spectrum in repudiating United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. The resolution represents a new low in the United Nations’ long history of anti-Israel actions, and America’s failure to veto the resolution represents a breathtaking change in U.S. policy to defend the State of Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East and America’s most important ally in the region. Abstention from Resolution 2334 is an abdication of responsibility of the U.S. in the face of new policies intended to harm Israel.
“I am unpersuaded by Secretary Kerry’s speech, although he rightly denounced efforts to pressure Israel through boycotts, divestment, and sanctions. Unfortunately, his speech does not change the message the Obama administration’s lack of action sent to the world, particularly to those who mean Israel harm. Even more troubling are credible reports that the Obama administration actively worked behind the scenes to support Resolution 2334. If true, this is reprehensible. At the least, it’s concerning that our current political leadership seems more wary of using diplomatic tools against Iran than it does in support of Israel.
“The American people have elected new political leadership for our nation. I’m grateful that President-elect Donald Trump has swiftly responded to Resolution 2334, expressing in strong terms his support for Israel and his commitment that the United States under his leadership will stand by Israel as a true friend, particularly in international arenas where Israel is all too often abandoned. NRB will support actions by the Trump administration and Congress to repudiate the policies and ameliorate the effects of Resolution 2334.”
Earlier this year, the NRB Board of Directors, which includes approximately 100 leaders in Christian media ministries, unanimously resolved: “NRB calls on its members to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for God’s protection over all of Israel, and for all people of good will who seek true peace in the Holy Land; furthermore, while other nations and international bodies may alienate or abandon Israel, NRB calls on the United States to continue to stand steadfast by Israel in its time of need.” When the Board meets again in February, it is anticipated a new resolution supporting Israel will be considered, which will renew NRB’s longstanding commitment to Israel.
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