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Rabbis' Letter Garners
Nearly 400 Signatures!
Todah rabah (thank you very much) to the nearly 400 rabbis who signed
the Letter from American Rabbis to the President and to all of
our supporters who encouraged their rabbis to do so.
Organized by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the letter was sent to the
President on March 3, 2006 urging him "to maintain determination
in the face of those who deny Israel's right to exist and, at
the same time, to leave open the door for those Palestinians who
are committed to working for a negotiated, two-state resolution
of this conflict." The letter urges the President to
"constructively engage" with moderate Palestinians like
President Abbas and to maintain urgently
needed humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian
If your rabbi signed, please thank him or her for standing up
for Israel and for peace.
The letter, along with the complete list of
signers was printed in the March 10, 2006 edition of the Forward
(see page 7). View the pdf here. Thank
you to everyone who donated towards the purchase of the
The full text of the letter is below. For
more information on the letter, please visit the following
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Dear Mr. President:
As leaders of the American Jewish community, we
are deeply troubled by the recent victory of Hamas in the
Palestinian legislative elections. Hamas's charter calls for the
destruction of Israel, and Hamas has repeatedly perpetrated
horrific acts of terror and violence that target innocent
civilians. Yet in this challenging hour, we urge you to maintain
a cautious approach to the new Palestinian government, so as to
preserve the future possibility of bringing Israelis and
Palestinians back to the negotiating table, which is the only
path to achieve true peace and security for both peoples.
As you formulate U.S. policy towards these ends,
we urge you to keep the following points in mind:
1) According to international observers, the
Palestinians conducted a free, fair, and democratic election,
something that is still too rare in this region.
2) Nevertheless, for the new Hamas-led Palestinian
government to achieve international recognition and standing, it
must "recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for
lasting peace," just as you specified in your State of the Union
3) Despite Hamas's victory, recent polls indicate
that the majority of Palestinians remains committed to a peace
agreement with Israel. With this in mind, we urge constructive
engagement with the new Palestinian government, in ways that
bolster moderates such as President Mahmoud Abbas and sustain
the ceasefire that has allowed for relative calm over the past
4) The immediate and short-term needs of the
Palestinian people are pressing. We know that the deterioration
in their plight only increases support for extremism, which, in
turn, endangers Israel. Continued funding for indirect
assistance to the Palestinian people via NGO's, with the
appropriate conditions to ensure that it does not reach the
hands of terrorists, is essential.
During this period of deep concern for the future
of Israel, we call on you to maintain determination in the face
of those who deny Israel's right to exist and, at the same time,
to leave open the door for those Palestinians who are committed
to working for a negotiated, two-state resolution of this
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish
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