The leadership of the Orthodox Union, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, issued the following statement after the announcement of the impending departure of Hon. Jason Greenblatt from The White House staff:
The Orthodox Union deeply appreciates the pivotal and impactful role Jason Greenblatt has played over the last few years in strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and supporting the security and welfare of the State of Israel.
Orthodox Union president Moishe Bane stated: “Jason Greenblatt’s service to the United States and to the American Jewish community has been historic. Beyond any specific policy issues, the hallmark of Jason’s tenure has been his willingness to speak honestly about the moral dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Such honesty is essential if any durable and productive progress is to ever be made.”
Orthodox Union executive vice president Allen Fagin stated: “Jason Greenblatt’s time in the Trump Administration includes the historic relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, calling out the United Nations for its anti-Israel bias, holding Palestinians accountable for their support for violence and so much more. All Americans who are supporters of Israel are grateful for Jason’s service and we, at the Orthodox Union, appreciate his consistent friendship and partnership with us.
Orthodox Union executive director for public policy Nathan Diament stated: “Jason Greenblatt came to DC without DC experience, and he worked diligently and professionally on one of the toughest issues — and did it well. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Birthright Israel/Israel Free Spirit, Yachad and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs. For more information, visit https://www.ou.org/.