CALL YOUR SENATORS
Call YOUR Senators at:
[capitol switchboard - just ask for
Urge them to sign the Dodd letter
to Secretary Rice right away!
Hi, my name is [first name] [last name] from [hometown],
[state]. As a Jewish constituent who supports Israel, I urge the
Senator to sign the Dodd letter to Secretary Rice, applauding
her work at the Annapolis peace conference and calling on her to
press both Israelis and Palestinians to honor their commitments
to reach a final status agreement.
I greatly hope that the Senator will sign this
pro-Israel, pro-peace letter. If possible, can you send me
a written response regarding the Senator’s position on the
letter? Thank you.
After you have called, please let us know at email@example.com
[See below for the full text of the
New Senate Letter Calls for
Proactive U.S. Engagement and Israeli Settlement Freeze; Urge
YOUR Senators To Sign Today!
Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,
Events of the last week threaten to derail the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process relaunched at Annapolis, but a
new letter in the U.S. Senate demands that the Bush
Administration keep negotiations on track. We need
YOUR help to get signers!
Senator Chris Dodd (CT) is circulating a powerful sign-on
letter to Secretary Rice that applauds her work at the Annapolis
peace conference and calls on her to press both Israelis and
Palestinians to honor their commitments to reach a final status
agreement, including a freeze on all settlement construction.
[see full text below]
Please call YOUR Senators today and urge them to sign
the Dodd letter to Secretary Rice!
This pro-peace, pro-Israel letter represents one of the
strongest and most specific Congressional initiatives on
Israeli-Palestinian peace to date. It calls on Secretary
Rice to ensure that the U.S. play a “vigorous and
proactive role” in both the negotiation and implementation
process of a two-state solution, calling U.S. engagement
“of paramount importance.”
More specifically, the Dodd letter urges Secretary Rice to
call upon both sides to abide by their Roadmap
commitments. On the Israeli side, the letter calls
for a freeze on settlement construction, the dismantling of
illegal outposts, and a reduction of roadblocks and checkpoints
in the Palestinian territories. The letter notes
the crucial significance that Israel “ease the living
conditions of the Palestinian people as a symbol of its
commitment to a final settlement.” In light of the
Israeli government’s recently released plans to build 300
new homes in the East Jerusalem settlement of Har Homa as well
as its threats to cut off fuel and electricity into Gaza, this
letter could not be more timely.
The Dodd letter also reaffirms American support for
Israel’s right to defend itself and calls on Palestinian
President Abbas to continue to denounce all terror attacks and
to recognize Israel’s right to exist. It further
encourages Secretary Rice to strengthen the Abbas government by
providing humanitarian and financial aid to the Palestinian
Authority (a message echoing November’s Ackerman-Boustany letter in the House of
The American Jewish community cannot stand idly by
and watch yet another peace process fall apart. Call your
Senators and urge them to sign the Dodd letter to Secretary Rice
Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Diane Balser, Co-Chair of
Rob Levy, Washington Representative
PS. Please share this Action Alert with family, friends, and
colleagues (and if you forward to friends in a different
state, just have them call (202) 224-3121 and ask for their own
Full Text of Dodd
Letter to Secretary Rice
The Honorable Condoleezza
U.S. Department of State
Dear Madam Secretary:
We write to applaud your work at the recent Annapolis
Conference which has led to a pledge by Israeli and Palestinian
leaders to achieve a permanent peace settlement by the end of
2008. The memorandum of understanding issued ahead of the
Annapolis Conference by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas illustrates not
only the leaders’ commitment to peace, but also the value
of proactive U.S. engagement in the peace process.
While the outcome of the Annapolis Conference was
encouraging, the road to a final agreement will require serious
concessions from both parties involved. It is therefore
imperative that the United States continues to play a vigorous
and proactive role in helping Prime Minister Olmert and
President Abbas remain committed to a final status agreement.
Throughout history, American leadership has played an
integral role in the quest for peace between Israel and its Arab
neighbors, and it is of paramount importance that the United
States continues to work with all parties involved to bring
about a comprehensive final status agreement between Israel and
the Palestinian people. With this in mind, we respectfully
request that you remain actively engaged in the negotiation and
implementation process as Israel and the Palestinian Authority
work toward a final status agreement.
We ask that you call upon President Abbas to continue to
denounce all terror attacks on Israeli targets both in Israel
and the West Bank. We further ask that you press President
Abbas to unconditionally recognize the Jewish state of
Israel’s right to exist. We also ask that you
continue to assist and strengthen the Abbas government as it
confronts Hamas and other extremists by providing humanitarian
and financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. President Abbas
has recognized the road ahead is a challenging one, and that the
Palestinian people will be forced to make concessions in the
name of peace, but he has courageously accepted this challenge;
it is our view that the United States must continue to support
the Abbas government, politically as well as financially, as it
works toward a final status agreement with Israel.
Prime Minister Olmert has also recognized the obstacles that
lie ahead, and has boldly warned the Israeli people to prepare
to make difficult compromises in the name of a lasting and
permanent peace. As the only democracy in the Middle East,
the United States must remain a steadfast supporter of Israel
and its right to defend itself from terrorist threats.
However, as the negotiations toward a final status agreement
begin, we also feel it is crucial that Israel take steps to ease
the living conditions of the Palestinian people as a symbol of
its commitment to a final settlement.
We urge you to call upon the government of Prime Minister
Olmert to abide by Israel’s commitments to the 2002
Roadmap to Peace, including a freeze on the construction of new
settlements beyond Israel’s 1967 borders, the dismantling
of illegal West Bank settlements and “outposts,” and
a reduction of roadblocks and checkpoints in the Palestinian
territories to allow increased movement for the Palestinian
We recognize the many challenges the lie ahead, and that,
ultimately, it is the Israeli and Palestinian people themselves
who must find the strength to commit to peace; but we also
recognize that U.S. leadership and mediation have lead to some
of the greatest breakthroughs in Israeli-Arab relations.
We encourage you to remain actively involved in the peace
process and press both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to honor
their commitments to finding an acceptable compromise and
agreeing on a final status accord.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish
Alliance for Justice and Peace
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