Tell Bush and Congress:
US Diplomacy Now!

Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek,

Please tell President Bush and Congress that substantive US diplomatic intervention is needed immediately to achieve a ceasefire and the release of Israeli soldiers in the ongoing Mideast crisis.


With the US on the sidelines, the ferocious cycle of violence in the region has escalated rapidly over the past weeks, including the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers, the subsequent Israeli military actions in Gaza and Lebanon that have caused incredible loss of civilians lives and damage to infrastructure, and the hundreds of rocket attacks in the western Negev and northern Israel. Without US engagement, such as sending a high-level envoy, working closely with UN or other international mediators, or supporting an international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, this crisis is in danger of expanding into a war that could engulf the entire region.

We welcome the recent statement by the G8 Summit of global leaders that declares their united determination to restore peace to the region, calls for an immediate halt to attacks against Israel, urges Israeli restraint as it exercises its rights to defend itself, and supports exploring the option of an international security/monitoring force.

We call on the US and the international community to work together in pursuing all possible diplomatic means to facilitate a ceasefire and the release of Israeli soldiers.

The history of the region demonstrates that military solutions will not resolve the underlying conflicts. It is time for the US and the international community to stand-up, so the increasing numbers of parties to this conflict can stand-down and can get back to the serious business of saving lives by negotiating a comprehensive, tenable resolution to this conflict.

Contact President Bush and Congress and demand substantive US diplomatic intervention now!


L'Shalom,

Steve Masters
Chair of Advocacy

Rob Levy
Washington Representative

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Subject: Intervene in Mideast Crisis Now

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I urge the US, in concert with the international community, to pursue substantive diplomatic efforts to intervene immediately in order to achieve a ceasefire and the release of Israeli soldiers in the ongoing Mideast crisis.

With the US on the sidelines, the ferocious cycle of violence in the region has escalated rapidly over the past weeks, including the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers, the subsequent Israeli military actions in Gaza and Lebanon that have caused incredible loss of civilians lives and damage to infrastructure, and the hundreds of rocket attacks in the western Negev and northern Israel. Without US engagement, such as sending a high-level envoy, working closely with UN or other international mediators, or supporting an international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, this crisis is in danger of expanding into a war that could engulf the entire region.

The history of the region demonstrates that military solutions will not resolve the underlying conflicts. It is time for the US and the international community to stand up, so the increasing numbers of parties to this conflict can stand-down and can get back to the serious business of saving lives by negotiating a comprehensive, tenable resolution to this conflict.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What should the US do?
The US should pursue substantive diplomatic efforts, in concert with the international community, to intervene in the Mideast crisis in order to achieve a ceasefire and the release of Israeli soldiers.

Why a ceasefire now?

  • To prevent further escalation of violence and widening of the crisis into all-out regional war.

  • To return kidnapped Israeli soldiers and stop rocket attacks against Israel.

  • To prevent the loss of civilian lives and destruction of civilian infrastructure in Gaza and Lebanon that result from Israeli military actions, destabilize the Lebanese and Palestinian governments, and only increase support for extremism.

  • What kind of US diplomacy?
    The US should engage in substantive diplomacy to achieve a ceasefire and release of Israeli soldiers by:
  • Sending a high-level envoy to the region;

  • Working closely with UN or international mediators;

  • Supporting an international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon; and/or

  • Facilitating back-channel discussions and international cooperation.
  • American Jews must speak out! Demand US diplomatic intervention in the Mideast crisis now!



    Additional links:
    Brit Tzedek Mideast Crisis Resource Page

    Conference Call Recording with Daniel Levy on "The Mideast Crisis in Israel, Gaza and Lebanon"

    G8 Statement on the Middle East

    Leaders Work Out Plan For End to Mideast Crisis, July 17, 2006, Peter Baker and Peter Finn, The Washington Post

    World Leaders Step Up Mideast Diplomacy, July 17, 2006, Associated Press

    What was can no longer be, July 17, 2006, Haaretz Editorial, Haaretz

    Playing Hamas's Game July 15, 2006, Editorial, The New York Times


    Campaign Expiration Date:
    August 11, 2006


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