Strengthen Moderate Palestinian Leadership

Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom,

With Israel's disengagement from Gaza complete, many eyes have turned to the Palestinians. Can they establish order and govern Gaza? Can the Palestinian Authority (PA) ensure, now, that Gaza will not be used as a launching pad for attacks against Israel?

Is there anything the United States and Israel can do to help Palestinian President Abbas achieve these goals that are clearly in the best long-term interest of both the Israelis and the Palestinians? We believe there is.


President Abbas will meet with President Bush at the White House this Thursday, October 20th. During this visit, President Bush must take two specific actions that will allow Abbas to demonstrate that he can secure definitive gains for the Palestinian people. We urge you to tell President Bush to:

  • Publicly push for a rapid agreement on the Rafah border crossing (between Egypt and Gaza) that will protect Israel's security while providing free movement for Palestinians. Such an agreement would make a huge difference to the Palestinians as they work to reconstruct their society.

  • Make sure that Palestinian security forces have the light armaments and ammunition needed to effectively impose order in Gaza. The PA has often found itself outgunned by militants. The PA won't be able to sustain the progress made to date in reining in violence unless they get help from the outside — and the US has to take the lead on this.

Although it has been little noted, the PA has, since the death of Yasser Arafat, implemented a significant portion of its commitments under the Road Map, including a declaration of non-violence, the institution of a democratic government, the consolidation of official security agencies, and the establishment of a cease-fire on the part of Hamas and the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade.

To sustain this momentum, the PA needs support. Abbas' Fatah party will soon face an election against Hamas for control of the Palestinian Legislative Council. It is critical that Abbas' moderate leadership be seen as able to deliver concrete gains to the people. Take action!

Please share this Action Alert with family, friends, and colleagues, and tell them about Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. The opportunity provided by the successful Gaza disengagement must not be wasted.

L'shalom,
Steve Masters and Paul Scham
Chair and Co-Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy

We encourage you to take action by OCTOBER 20, 2005.
 


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Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
President George W. Bush
CC: Your Representative and Your Senators

Subject: Strengthen Moderate Palestinian Leadership

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I believe it is critical that the United States do its part to strengthen the moderate Palestinian leadership represented by the administration of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party. Just before a critical legislative election in which Fatah and Hamas are directly competing for votes, it is particularly important that President Abbas deliver immediate and substantive gains to his people as incentive for supporting moderation.

I therefore respectfully urge you to:

  • Publicly push for a rapid agreement on the Rafah border crossing (between Egypt and Gaza) that will protect Israel's security while providing free movement for Palestinians.

  • Make sure that Palestinian security forces have the armaments and ammunition needed to effectively impose order in Gaza.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

cc: Your Representative and Your Senators

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What's At Stake:
The President must hear from American Jews that it is critical that the US help to strengthen the moderate Palestinian leadership in order to make it an effective counterweight to Hamas and other armed militant groups.

During Palestinian President Abbas' visit to the White House on October 20th, the US should commit to:

  • Playing a constructive role in seeing that an agreement is reached about the Rafah border crossing that will protect Israel's security while providing free movement for Palestinians.

  • Ensuring that Palestinian security forces have the armaments and ammunition needed to effectively impose order in Gaza.

Additional links:

Peres Says Hopes PA Border Issue Will Be Resolved Next Week. By Aluf Benn and Arnon Regular. Haaretz, 15 October 2005.

Gaza Police in Parliament Protest. BBC News World Edition, 3 October 2005.

Palestinian Security Realities and Challenges: Questions and Answers with Rafi Dajani. 9 October 2005.

Remarks Following Meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. 23 July 2005.

Campaign Expiration Date:
October 20, 2005


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