Tell President Bush: Make Secretary Rice's visit to the Middle East count!

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaves for the Middle East on Sunday in an effort to revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.  Please contact President Bush today and urge him to instruct Sec. Rice to make this visit count by restarting negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, ending the violence in Gaza, facilitating the return of kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and alleviating the economic and humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories.

In the wake of the Second Lebanon War, there could not be a more opportune moment for renewed US diplomacy towards achieving a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sec. Rice’s first priority must be to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, beginning with a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and potentially with a future Palestinian unity government.

Sec. Rice should strive to end the ongoing violence in Gaza, which has continued largely unnoticed since the ceasefire in Lebanon.  Negotiating the return of kidnapped Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, the cessation of IDF air and ground incursions into Gaza, and the end of Qassam rockets fired into southern Israel would represent a great step forward and could give an added boost for restarting negotiations.

With 60% of Gaza still without electricity, malnutrition rising due to lack of food and clean water, and Palestinian health and social services near collapse, Sec. Rice must also work to alleviate the economic and humanitarian crisis occurring in the Palestinian territories.  Opening the border crossings and releasing Israeli-held tax and customs revenues to the Temporary International Mechanism (a Quartet-sponsored mechanism to distribute aid to the Palestinian people while bypassing the Hamas-led Palestinian government) will allow for greatly needed humanitarian assistance to reach the Palestinians and bolster their struggling economy. The humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza only enflames extremism, thereby endangering Israel and further destabilizing the region. Take action now!

Sec. Rice’s forthcoming visit is a welcome departure from years of diplomatic neglect by this Administration towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As the High Holidays come to a close, we hope that, with this visit, a new year of US peace-making in the Middle East is about to begin. Please contact President Bush today, and urge him to make Sec. Rice’s visit count!

L’shalom,

Steve Masters, Chair of Advocacy
Diane Balser, Co-Chair of Advocacy
Rob Levy, Washington Representative

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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Make Sec. Rice's Visit to the Middle East Count

Dear President Bush,

As an American Jew, I urge you to make Secretary Rice's visit to the Middle East count by instructing her to work towards restarting negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, ending the violence in Gaza, facilitating the return of kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and alleviating the economic and humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories.

In the wake of the Second Lebanon War, there could not be a more opportune moment for renewed US diplomacy towards achieving a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sec. Rice's first priority must be to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, beginning with a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and potentially with a future Palestinian unity government.

Sec. Rice should strive to end the ongoing violence in Gaza, by negotiating the return of kidnapped Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, the cessation of IDF air and ground incursions into Gaza, and the end of Qassam rockets fired into southern Israel. Sec. Rice must also work to alleviate the economic and humanitarian crisis occurring in the Palestinian territories. Opening the border crossings and releasing Israeli-held tax and customs revenues to the Temporary International Mechanism will allow for greatly needed humanitarian assistance to reach the Palestinians and bolster their struggling economy. The humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza only enflames extremism, thereby endangering Israel and further destabilizing the region.

As the Jewish High Holidays come to a close, we hope that, with this visit, a new year of US peace-making in the Middle East is about to begin. Please make Secretary Rice's visit count!

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake?

President Bush needs to hear from American Jews who want Sec. Rice’s visit to make a difference.  Specifically, Bush should instruct Sec. Rice to:

  • Restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians
  • End the violence in Gaza
  • Facilitate the return of kidnapped Israeli soldiers
  • Alleviate the economic and humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories.

American Jews must ensure that President Bush knows that US neglect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hurts Israel and the United States! Contact Bush today, and urge him to make Sec. Rice’s visit count! Take action!

Additional links:

Rice to visit Mideast to push Arab-Israeli peace process, by Shmuel Rosner and Yaov Stern.  Haaretz. Sept 29 2006.

Poll: 67% of Israelis want talks with PA gov't including Hamas, by Avi Issacharoff and Yoav Stern. Haaretz. Sept 27 2006.

The U.S. must look to its own Mideast interests, by Rob Malley and Aaron Miller. International Herald Tribune. Sept 26 2006.

International Crisis Group – Middle East Initiative 2006. Sept 22 2006.

Quartet Statement on Middle East Peace. Sept 20 2006.


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