[Action Alert] Tell Bush: Action is Needed More Than Words

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

For the first time in his presidency, President Bush will travel to Israel and the West Bank this coming week (January 8 and 9) in a clear effort to accelerate negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

President Bush continues to express optimism about the possibility of a peace deal by the end of 2008. But with violence escalating in and around Gaza, a Katyusha rocket fired further into Israel than ever before, and new settlements still planned in East Jerusalem, the peace negotiations relaunched at Annapolis are clearly threatened.

The time for soft words is over.

On the agenda for the upcoming trip are the central issues of borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. In preparation for his visit, President Bush called on Israel to follow through on its pledge to dismantle illegal settlement outposts.

But will Bush make due with words or will he press forward with substantive demands of the parties?

Please contact President Bush and urge that he use his visit to bring the two sides back on track so that the prospects for peace gain momentum.

Now is the time for the U.S. to live up to its commitments.

In the Joint Statement of Understanding delivered by President Bush at the Annapolis peace conference, the U.S. committed itself to “monitor and judge the fulfillment of the commitment of both sides of the road map.” 

In keeping with this pledge, President Bush needs to tackle head-on the big issues standing in the way of any agreement:  a complete freeze on settlement construction including East Jerusalem, increased movement and access in the West Bank, and continued improvements in security infrastructure from the Palestinians. 

Neither can the impact of the violence in and around Gaza be ignored. With rockets still falling on Sderot and IDF raids into Gaza almost a daily occurrence, Israeli security figures are increasingly calling for a Hamas-Israel ceasefire. President Bush must encourage Israel to pursue that option through diplomacy.

There can be no turning back from Annapolis.  Please contact President Bush today!

B’shalom,

Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Rob Levy, Washington Representative

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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Ensure that U.S. Actions Match Our Words!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I am writing to urge you to use your upcoming visit to Israel and the West Bank to help accelerate negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, particularly in the most difficult issues of borders, refugees, and Jerusalem.

With violence escalating in and around Gaza and new settlements still planned in East Jerusalem, I fear that the peace negotiations relaunched at Annapolis are being threatened.

Now is the time for the U.S. to live up to its commitments.

In the Joint Statement of Understanding which you delivered at the Annapolis peace conference, you said your administration would "monitor and judge the fulfillment of the commitment of both sides of the road map."

In keeping with this pledge, it is time for you to take bold action and ensure sustained U.S. engagement to keep the negotiations moving forward. There must be strong opposition to all actions that undermine the peace process, including settlement construction, decreased movement and access in the West Bank, and unwillingness or inability to build the Palestinian security infrastructure.

Neither can the impact of the violence in and around Gaza be ignored. With rockets still falling on Sderot and IDF raids into Gaza almost a daily occurrence, Israeli security figures are increasingly calling for a Hamas-Israel ceasefire. I urge you to strongly encourage Israel to pursue that option through concerted diplomatic means.

I wish you a safe trip to Israel and the West Bank. I applaud your making this trip at this time and I urge you to please keep in mind your commitment to reaching a peace settlement by year's end.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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Click here to demand that President Bush use his visit to bring Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations back on track and ensure that all sides live up to their commitments to peace!

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What's At Stake:

President Bush needs to hear from American Jews who believe that Israel’s peace and security depends upon the success of the Annapolis peace process.  Please:

  • Call for sustained U.S. engagement to keep negotiations moving forward
  • Demand that the U.S. oppose all actions that undermine the peace process, including settlement construction
  • Urge the U.S. to support an Israel-Hamas ceasefire to stop Qassam rocket attacks on southern Israel

Please contact President Bush today!

Additional links:

When Ehud Meets George by Daniel Levy.  Haaretz. January 4, 2008.

Ahead of visit, White House talks friendship with Israel — and pressure by Ron Kampeas.  JTA. January 4, 2008.

Bush: Settlement Expansion Impediment to Peace Reuters News Agency. January 3, 2008.

Barak Insists Roadblocks are Here to Stay by Yaakov Katz. The Jerusalem Post. January 2, 2008.

Israeli and Palestinian Leaders Meet to Ease Tensions by Steven Erlanger. The New York Times. Dec. 28, 2007.


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