70th anniversary of the UN vote calling for the establishment of a Jewish state

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By J-Wire.. The World Jewish Congress and Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations has marked the 70th anniversary of the November 29, 1947 UN vote that called for the establishment of a Jewish state, with a reenactment of events in the very structure that served as the UN headquarters at that time. [Photo top right: US Vice President Mike Pence greets the audience, together with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder and Israeli Ambassador to UN Danny Danon. Photo: Shahar Azran].US Vice President Mike Pence spoke as guest of honour, alongside World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder emphasised in his address to the celebration at today’s Queens Museum the need for the United Nations to treat Israel as equally as any other state, and stressed his optimistic resolve for the viability of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. “Israel has never denied the right of the Palestinian Arabs to their sovereignty. Yet here we are today, still dreaming that two people – Jews and Arabs – will live together in peace. I believe that at this moment in time, and against all odds, a two-state solution is actually quite possible,” Lauder said.

Referencing the Arab refusal to accept the 1947 partition plan and his vision for a secure State of Israel beside a sovereign Palestinian state, Lauder added: “In 1947, the Jewish people accepted the division of their ancestral land in order to live side by side with their Arab neighbors…. They understood the realities of living in a new era, and they accepted that they could not have it all. But the Arab people did not. They did not accept the partition in 1947, and 70 years later, too many still do not accept it.” Read the full story.



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