Winds of Change in Congress

Brit Tzedek grassroots leaders from 25 states were warmly received on Capitol Hill this week in 100 meetings with Congressional leaders who told us , “Brit Tzedek is changing the debate.” The relationships we have been building for several years are producing results. Rep. David Price (NC) told us that the grassroots voice of Brit Tzedek is providing what had been the missing piece in the discourse in Congress over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The crisis in Gaza is prompting many members of Congress to re-examine US Middle East foreign policy and be receptive to Brit Tzedek’s pro-Israel positions of peace and moderation. Please donate now to help Brit Tzedek convey our important message at this critical historical juncture to change the direction of US foreign policy.

American Interests Are At Stake

One Senator’s Legislative Director remarked, “As a Protestant who grew up on a farm, I never thought that the Israeli-Palestinian issue had any relationship to my life.  Now I realize I was wrong. Resolving this conflict is an important issue for all Americans.”

Brit Tzedek needs your support now to maintain our active presence in Congress during this time of urgency. Please make a donation today.

On Wednesday, our president-elect Steve Masters attended the Senate Democratic Caucus with major Jewish organizations, an important annual event in Washington.  His remarks were quoted in JTA’s coverage:

Steve Masters, the president-elect of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, expressed his dovish pro-Israel organization's disagreement with the views on Hamas offered by Harris [American Jewish Committee] and Kohr [AIPAC].

"This was an opportunity for the U.S. to examine whether its policies toward Hamas have actually been effective or not, and others in the room were talking about doing more of the same," said Masters, whose group conducted a lobbying blitz Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

As you can see, in personal meetings and in important briefings, Brit Tzedek steadfastly and effectively expresses our  message in support of the well-being and security of Israel and actions leading the way back  from the present crisis to talks leading to peace. Help Brit Tzedek convey our message to the Jewish community by donating now.

We have compiled a reading list on the current crisis for your review below. Please help us continue to collect relevant resources and develop our own education materials. Donate today.

Recommended Reading on the Gaza Crisis

Plan B on Israel-Palestine by Daniel Levy, Prospects for Peace, June 22, 2007

A Breakthrough by Next Week? By MJ Rosenberg, Israel Policy Forum, June 22, 2007

A Bet on Mr. Abass, Editorial, Washington Post, June 22, 2007 

Engage With Hamas, We Earned Our Support by Ahmed Yousef, New York Times, June 20, 2007

'West Bank First': It Won't Work by Robert Malley and Aaron David Miller, Washington Post, June 19, 2007, 

Averting a Deeper Crisis in the Middle East by Mara Rudman and Brian Katulis, Center for American Progress, June 15, 2007

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