Feinstein/Lugar Pro-Peace Bill Reintroduced; Contact
YOUR Senators Today!
Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,
Senators Feinstein and Lugar reintroduced their
important Senate resolution calling for active U.S. engagement
to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and now is the time
to give it a new momentum! The bill, now officially S.Res.321,
currently boasts a total of 37 cosponsors.
As President Bush and Secretary Rice move forward with an
international peace meeting in November with Israel, the
Abbas-led Palestinian Authority and key Arab stakeholders, it is
more important than ever that the Senate send a strong message
supporting Israeli-Palestinian peace. Contact your
The list of cosponsors is to the right. If one
or both of your senators are not yet cosponsors, urge them to cosponsor S.Res.321
If one or both of your senators have already agreed
to cosponsor, please thank them!
Over the summer Brit Tzedek made a major push for cosponsors
on this powerful pro-peace, pro-Israel resolution introduced by
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN).
Thanks to your advocacy, the resolution garnered 37 cosponsors
– over one third of the Senate – and came inches
away from passing before the August recess. It only failed
to pass because two senators put a secret hold on the bill at the last
minute. By increasing the number of cosponsors on
S.Res.321, we can demonstrate the widespread support for this
resolution and try to move it through.
S.Res.321 represents a sharp departure from the usual
language in resolutions about Israel and the Palestinians and
more closely echoes the pro-peace, pro-Israel positions shared
by Brit Tzedek and the vast majority of American Jews. It calls
on President Bush to make a two-state solution a "top priority,"
urges him to appoint a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, and
welcomes the Arab League Peace Initiative.
We need as many cosponsors as possible on this bill to push
it forward. And it is critical that those Senators who
have already taken a stand for peace know they have the support
of American Jews. Please contact your Senators
Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Diane Balser, Co-Chair of
Rob Levy, Washington Representative
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Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Non-cosponsors of SRes321
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Please cosponsor S.Res.321 on
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
As an American Jew, I write to urge you to cosponsor
S.Res.321, the Feinstein/Lugar resolution on Israeli-Palestinian
S.Res.321 reaffirms the Senate's commitment to a
two-state solution and to Israel's security, and denounces the
use of violence and terror. It calls on Hamas to recognize
Israel's right to exist, renounce terror, and accept past
agreements with Israel. It further calls on President Bush to
make a two-state solution a "top priority," urges him to appoint
a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, and welcomes the Arab
League Peace Initiative.
The resolution has already
garnered support from over one third of the Senate. As President
Bush and Secretary Rice move forward with the international
meeting scheduled for November, it is more important than ever
that the Senate send a strong message supporting
Please join your colleagues as
a cosponsor of S.Res.321 today!