NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC CEO David Harris today issued a statement reaffirming the global Jewish advocacy organization's principles and vision for America. The full statement follows: In the wake of the U.S. Presidential election, and on the eve of Thanksgiving, it's important to reaffirm what we, at AJC, stand for. We cherish our great nation and the unprecedented freedom and opportunity it affords, including the precious right to vote, free and fair elections, and smooth transfers of power from one administration to another. We take special pride in the American motto "E pluribus unum." Indeed, at AJC, we are, and have always been, passionate pluralists. The strength of our nation derives in such large measure from its rich tapestry of racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. We aspire to live in a society which doesn't simply "tolerate" diversity, but welcomes it, seeing it as a vital component of who we are as a nation. We seek in our relations with other communities to enhance mutual respect and understanding, and to build coalitions of conscience in defense of shared values. We fully understand that election periods often divide our nation. Post-election periods should be devoted to uniting us. Presidential candidates may be elected by half the population, but, once chosen, they represent the entire country. Campaigns frequently generate rhetoric that sounds appealing to some voters, but, in reality, are little more than unexamined sound bites and crowd pleasers. History has shown that not all pledges made in the heat of a tight race turn into policy. This has been true of both Democratic and Republican winners. We need, therefore, to understand how a successful candidate plans to govern before making sweeping judgments based largely, or even exclusively, on the language of the primary and electoral periods.