Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek,
So much depends on the success of the
Gaza withdrawal—there are significant consequences for
Israel, for the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority, and
for the United States.
There are many complicated issues
that have to be worked out between the two sides if the
withdrawal is to be successful. Among the most critical are the
movement of people and goods to and from Gaza; the reopening of
the Gaza airport; the building of a seaport; the fate of settler
homes and greenhouses; and the control of air and sea
The Israelis and Palestinians will
need close assistance from the U.S. in making the tough
decisions on these issues and on coordinating the implementation
of all aspects of the withdrawal. Economic and security matters
are currently being overseen by the two U.S. and Quartet envoys,
James Wolfensohn and General William Ward. But there is a
political vacuum that must be filled.
Don't Let Gaza Fail!
Join our urgent call for President Bush to
appoint a full-time, high-level envoy, to be present in the
region on a daily basis, reporting directly to the President and
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and accompanied by a team
of monitors to corroborate claims by both sides about terms of
As a large grassroots network, we can
do our part, locally and nationally, to see to it that the Gaza
withdrawal moves forward on time and in a manner that creates an
atmosphere conducive to a resumption of negotiations.
Sign the call today. Tell your friends and loved ones to sign.
Download a paper petition and take copies
with you to gather signatures at Jewish community events. Make a contribution to help us spread the
word. The more ways you can help, the better.
Keep hope alive. In these often
troubling times, we should always bear in mind the traditional
commandment to "seek peace and pursue it."
American Jews to the President
Don't Let Gaza
concerned American Jews united in our unwavering support for
Israel, we share your continuing vision of a just and secure
resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel's best
option for long-term stability and security is two democratic
states living securely side by side.
What transpires in the months following the
Gaza withdrawal will determine the future of the
Therefore, we call on you to:
The two sides remain far
apart in their understanding of their obligations and the
necessary coordination of the Israeli withdrawal. The immediate
future of international ports of entry, crossings into Israel of
goods and people, evacuated settler houses, and much more is
still undecided or in dispute.
- Immediately appoint a well-known
senior statesman as an envoy to Israel and the Palestinian
Authority, to remain on the ground before, during and in the
months following the withdrawal.
- Provide the envoy with a team of
monitors to enable independent corroboration of claims by both
sides about the steps taken or not taken to implement and