Tell Bush: Support the Ceasefire, Push for Negotiations

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

Yesterday, Israel and the Palestinians reached a ceasefire agreement to end the hostilities in Gaza.  We welcome the ceasefire, but we recognize that it is fragile and to succeed must be part of a renewed peace process that can provide long-term benefits for Israel’s security.  Please contact President Bush today and call on the U.S. to support the Gaza ceasefire and lead both sides back to the negotiating table!

After nearly five months of IDF incursions into the Gaza strip that have killed over 400 Palestinians and after hundreds of Qassam rockets fired by Palestinian militants that have wreaked havoc and caused loss of life in southern Israel, the two sides have finally agreed to a ceasefire.  We at Brit Tzedek have been calling for an end to the violence in Gaza since the summer’s crisis, and we applaud this important achievement.

The ceasefire offers a much-needed period of calm for Israelis and Palestinians and an opportunity to return to the business of diplomacy. The U.S. must act now, in cooperation with the international community, to uphold the ceasefire and increase diplomatic efforts to negotiate a prisoner exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit.  The Administration must call for the extension of the ceasefire into the West Bank and facilitate the flow of vital humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people by supporting the release of Israeli withheld tax and customs revenues and the opening of border crossings into Gaza.

Most critically, the United States must take leadership to reinvigorate efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiating a two-state resolution to the conflict.  Outside the context of a peace process that can strengthen Palestinian moderates, the ceasefire risks being perceived as a victory for extremism.  President Bush and Secretary Rice are both scheduled to be in the Middle East this week, and they must use this opportunity to encourage substantive and sustained dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a potential Palestinian unity government.

Please call on the U.S. to stand behind the Gaza ceasefire and lead both parties back to the negotiating table now!

 

L’shalom,

Diane Balser, Chair of Advocacy

Steve Masters, Co-Chair of Advocacy

Rob Levy, Washington Representative

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Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
President George W. Bush

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Support the Gaza Ceasefire, Renew the Peace Process

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I welcome news of the ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinians. Yet, I recognize that the ceasefire is fragile and to succeed must be part of a renewed peace process that can provide long-term benefits for Israel's security. I urge you to build on its momentum by taking leadership to reinvigorate efforts to bring both sides back to negotiating a two-state resolution to the conflict.

The ceasefire offers a much-needed period of calm for Israelis and Palestinians, and an opportunity to return to the business of diplomacy. The U.S. must act now, in cooperation with the international community, to uphold the ceasefire and increase diplomatic efforts to negotiate a prisoner exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Your Administration must call for the extension of the ceasefire into the West Bank and facilitate the flow of vital humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people by supporting the release of Israeli withheld tax and customs revenues and the opening of border crossings into Gaza.

Most critically, the United States must take leadership to reinvigorate efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiating a two-state resolution to the conflict. Outside the context of a peace process that can strengthen Palestinian moderates, the ceasefire risks being perceived as a victory for extremism.

I urge you to use this opportunity to encourage substantive and sustained dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority -- including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a potential Palestinian unity government.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:

President Bush needs to hear from American Jews who want the U.S. to actively support the Gaza ceasefire and build on the momentum for a reinvigorated peace process.  Specifically, the U.S. must pursue diplomatic efforts to:

  • Negotiate a prisoner exchange for Cpl. Shalit

  • Extend the ceasefire into the West Bank

  • Facilitate the flow of Palestinian humanitarian aid

  • Encourage dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian officials
  • Contact President Bush today!

    *Special note on contacting the White House

    When you take action, your messages are sent to the White House comment line via our online advocacy system. In addition, we will be sending this message to our contacts in the Administration with a complete list of respondents.

    Additional links:

    A cease-fire is not enough by Akiva Eldar. Haaretz. Nov 27, 2006.

    Excerpts of Olmert’s Speech to PalestiniansNew York Times. Nov 27, 2006.

    Where will truce lead? By Ron Ben-Yishai. Ynetnews.com.  Nov 27, 2006.

    Meshal, en route to victory by Danny Rubinstein.  Haaretz. Nov 27, 2006.

    A chance for a cease-fire, editorial.  Haaretz. Nov 26, 2006.

    Leaders cleave to Gaza cease-fire, despite violations by rocket crews by Dan Baron. JTA. Nov 26, 2006.



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