Brit Tzedek Calls for US Leadership to End Gaza Crisis

Brit Tzedek is gravely concerned about the recent escalation of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and we call for immediate US involvement in facilitating a cessation of all violence.

The US government's failure to engage both sides in substantive negotiations towards a two-state resolution of the conflict has, in part, contributed to this latest crisis. The rapid deterioration of the situation in Israel and Gaza could likely have been averted had the US exercised international leadership by appointing a permanent envoy to the region or by empowering pro-peace Palestinian moderates such as President Mahmoud Abbas.

Instead, the lack of strong US leadership at this critical juncture has greatly endangered the interests of Israel and the Palestinians, as well as those of the US. The escalating violence in Gaza, combined with the closure of border crossings and loss of electricity to a reported 700,000 Gaza residents, risks a Palestinian humanitarian crisis and jeopardizes the safe return of Israeli Cpl. Galid Shalit, all the while destabilizing the region by radicalizing the population and weakening Palestinian moderates.

As we look forward to celebrating our nation's birthday this July 4th, we urge President Bush to utilize all diplomatic means possible to end this current crisis and facilitate the return of both parties to the negotiating table.


Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206
info@btvshalom.org
www.btvshalom.org


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