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Conservative Jewish movement welcomes new Israeli government

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

The Conservative Jewish movement issues a statement welcoming the new Israeli government on its first day

“After weeks of violence across the region and months of uncertainty in the Knesset, this historic coalition…have a unique opportunity to cultivate tolerance and cooperation among Israel and its neighbors,” says the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ).

“We look forward to forging a new relationship with Israel’s new prime minister as he steps into his leadership role. The RA and USCJ also extend a hearty mazal tov to its former Labor leader, Isaac ‘Bougie’ Herzog, the chairman of the Jewish Agency, on his election as Israel’s 11th president,” the movement adds.

The movement’s CEO Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal adds, “We pray for continued strength and solidarity of the Jewish people, across movements and continents, and celebrate the pluralism that drives the new Israeli government. We have faith that elected leaders will strive to forge bonds of common ground, not stoke the flames of division.”

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