To the editor:
The Workmen’s Circle condemns President Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This action — both ill-conceived and very dangerous — will set the peace process — already in jeopardy — back for years, if not serve as a bitter ending to an already tenuous situation.
We affirm our long-held position that peace in Israel must be part of a negotiated two-state solution, along with mutual protections for both Israel and Palestine.
Jerusalem’s status must be determined by a peace negotiation and agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, not an imprudent declaration by the United States.
The author is executive director of Workmen’s Circle, a Manhattan-based activist group that defines Jewish identity not by religious beliefs, but instead by heritage, values, ideals, cultural traditions, and more.