After Beit Hanun, Before Olmert's Visit: Demand U.S. Diplomacy Now!

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

In the wake of the deadly IDF attack on Beit Hanun, and in anticipation of Prime Minister Olmert's visit to the U.S. on Monday, now is the time to contact President Bush and demand vigorous U.S. diplomacy to end the violence in Gaza and renew the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.


Yesterday, with American media focused on election results, 19 Palestinian civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in an apparently errant Israeli shelling of a Palestinian apartment complex in Beit Hanun, Gaza. Though Israeli officials have expressed regret over technological problems that led to the attack, the shelling triggered immediate calls from Hamas political chief in-exile Khaled Meshal for renewed terrorist attacks inside of Israel. This attack further exacerbates ongoing tensions between rival parties Hamas and Fatah inside Gaza that risk breaking out in a full-fledged war that could, yet again, engulf the entire region in conflict.

President Bush has the opportunity this Monday to demonstrate American leadership by working with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to end the violence in Gaza and negotiate a full ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians. Discussions between the two should also include: restarting the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, freezing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, increasing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people, and opening the Gaza border crossings.

On election day, Americans across the country expressed their desire for the U.S. to think afresh about foreign policy, especially in the Middle East. Tell President Bush to take the first step by ending six years of U.S. neglect in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pursuing vigorous diplomacy now!


L'shalom,

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

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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Tell PM Olmert: End the violence in Gaza and renew the peace process now!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I am deeply concerned over the ongoing violence in Gaza, including the errant IDF attack on Beit Hanun that killed 19 Palestinian civilians, as well as its consequent impact on Israel's security. In your meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, I urge you to work with him to end the violence in Gaza and renew the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Though Israeli officials have expressed regret over technological problems that led to the attack, the shelling triggered immediate calls from Hamas political chief in-exile Khaled Meshal for renewed terrorist attacks inside of Israel. This attack further exacerbates ongoing tensions between rival parties Hamas and Fatah inside Gaza that risk breaking out in a full-fledged war that could, yet again, engulf the entire region in conflict.

You have the opportunity to demonstrate American leadership by working with Prime Minister Olmert to end the violence in Gaza and negotiate a full ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians. Your discussions should also include: restarting the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, freezing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, increasing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people, and opening the Gaza border crossings.

On election day, Americans across the country expressed their desire for the U.S. to think afresh about foreign policy, especially in the Middle East. Please take the first step by showing real movement towards peace in your meeting with Prime Minister Olmert.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:

President Bush needs to hear from American Jews who want the Bush-Olmert meeting to show results. Specifically, Bush should work with Prime Minister Olmert to:

  • Negotiate a full ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians to end the violence in Gaza

  • Restart the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

  • Freeze Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank

  • Increase humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people

  • Open the Gaza border crossings

  • American Jews must tell President Bush that U.S. neglect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hurts Israel and the United States! Contact Bush today and demand U.S. diplomacy now!

    Additional links:

    Editorial: A cease-fire in Gaza (2). Haaretz. Nov 9 2006.

    A meeting of leaders under siege by Shmuel Rosner. Haaretz. Nov 9 2006.

    Stopping a Palestinian civil war by M.J. Rosenberg and David Dreilinger. LA Times. Nov 8 2006.

    19 Palestinians killed by stray IDF shell in Gaza; Hamas threatens revenge attacks by Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff and Aluf Benn. Haaretz. Nov 8 2006.

    Seeking Iraq exit strategy, U.S. pushes Israel toward peace talks by Leslie Susser. JTA. Nov 6 2006.


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