Zeev Elkin 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Deputy foreign minister Ze’ev Elkin criticized a group of 100 American Jewish
leaders over the weekend for their letter from two weeks ago in which they urged
Israel to take concrete steps toward peace.
The letter, initiated by the
Israel Policy Forum, came in the wake of US President Barack Obama’s visit to
Israel last month. It called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to work
closely with US Secretary of State John Kerry to devise pragmatic initiatives,
consistent with Israel’s security needs, which would represent Israel’s
readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of
“The first and foremost responsibility of the government must be
the security of the citizens and guaranteeing a safe future for Israel,” Elkin
said in an interview with Ma’ariv.
“Pressure from overseas must not guide
the prime minister in how he carefully administers the diplomatic
Elkin, who lives in Kfar Eldad, a settlement in Gush Etzion,
came out strongly against the two-state solution in the
Signatories to the letter included philanthropists Charles
Bronfman, S. Daniel Abraham and Lester Crowne; rabbis Eric Yoffie and David
Saperstein, and leaders of the Reform movement.