Senate Commends Results of Palestinian Presidential Election by Unanimous Consent

Dear friends of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom,

So often we write asking you to take action because of bad news. Today we ask you to take action on positive news. 

The Senate passed S.Res. 27, Commending the Results of the Palestinian Presidential Elections. Besides commending the Palestinians for conducting free and fair elections, this resolution:

  • Reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the Road Map, "including realization of the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine."

  • Reaffirms the commitment of the United States to Israel's security "as a democratic Jewish state."

  • Supports financial assistance to the Palestinian people and to the Palestinian Authority to allow it to build "the necessary political, economic, and security infrastructure essential to establishing a viable, democratic state and improving the lives of the Palestinian people."

This resolution includes many of the points that Brit Tzedek raised in the current Message to the President. Passage of this resolution with unanimous consent shows the Senate's support for movement toward a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in close coordination "with the Executive Branch."

The resolution was sponsored by Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), with Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Joseph Biden (D-DE), and Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) adding their support as original co-sponsors. Senators Biden and Sununu were part of the official U.S. observer mission for the Palestinian elections. Other co-sponsors were Senators Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Russell Feingold (D-WI), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Carl Levin (D-MI).

It is important that our elected officials hear from us when they take positions that are constructive toward the achievement of a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We urge you to respond to this Action Alert and thank the sponsors of this resolution and your Senators for adopting it.

Please share this Action Alert with family, friends, and colleagues, and tell them about Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.

B'shalom,
Steve Masters, Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy
Diane Balser, Vice President and Co-Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy


Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
S.Res.27 Sponsors
Your Senators

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Subject: Thank you - Sen. Res. 27, Commending the Results of the Palestinian Presidential Elections

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

Thank you for your role in passing Sen. Res. 27, Commending the Results of the Palestinian Presidential Elections.

As an American Jew, I was delighted to see that this resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent. I share your commitment to advancing the peace process in a constructive direction and welcome your support for increased foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

Achievement of a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is crucial to the future well-being of both peoples, and to the best interests of the United States.

Thank you for taking such a clear and powerful stand for peace.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:
The Senate has unanimously commended the results of the Palestinian elections, supported financial assistance to the Palestinian people, and urged movement on the Road Map. Through these actions, the Senate has reaffrirmed its commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and maintaining Israel's security as a democratic state.

Senators need to hear support from the Jewish community for these positions. Let them hear from you now.

 


Campaign Expiration Date:
February 12, 2005


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