OU Protests Passage of UN Security Council Resolution on the Road Map

Posted on November 20, 2003 In Press Releases

The Orthodox Union expresses grave concern at the passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution that would give approval to the road map peace process in the Middle East. Despite strong Israeli objections, Russia introduced the draft with the backing of several other Security Council members.

Betty Ehrenberg, Director of International and Communal Affairs of the OU’s Institute for Public Affairs, said, “We deplore this effort to bring the road map to the United Nations. This is an effort to put undue pressure on the State of Israel and to impose a Middle East solution by the UN, which will no doubt be used as a tool for more anti-Israel activity. The resolution makes no mention of Israel’s fourteen reservations about the road map and its concerns about Palestinian commitment to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure. To date, UN statements and resolutions have only served to condemn Israel, not to serve the interests of a true peace. A true peace can only be forged between two willing parties who are genuinely interested in the formation of a real peace – it cannot be imposed by the UN. It is regrettable that once again, the UN has passed yet another resolution that will only undermine chances for lasting Middle East peace.”