Jewish Peace Group Seconds
President's Declaration: "The Time is Now"
Brit Tzedek to
Bush: Actions Must Match Words to Resolve the
CHICAGO—Diane Balser, interim executive director of
Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the country’s largest and most
vibrant grassroots Jewish peace movement, issued the following
statement today in response to President Bush’s first
visit as president to Israel and the West Bank this week, during
which he met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
“President Bush’s sentiment
that “the time is now” for concerted efforts by
Israeli, Palestinian and American leadership to restart
substantive peace negotiations is dead-on, but it is long past
time that the president’s actions match his words. If the
president is to achieve his laudable goal of reaching a
negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict by the end of 2008, it will take more than
“vision” to overcome the last seven years of
The United States can play an invaluable
role in renewing negotiations by urging both parties to comply
with their respective commitments under the Roadmap in order to
establish the seriousness of purpose with which each returns to
the negotiating table. We welcome President Bush’s
appointment of Lt. Gen. William Fraser to monitor Israeli and
Palestinian implementation of these commitments.
On the Israeli side, Roadmap compliance
entails an immediate halt to settlement expansion -- without
distinction between those in East Jerusalem and those in the
West Bank, as stated by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
before she left to accompany the president on this trip -- and
the removal of all illegal outposts.
On the Palestinian side, compliance must
include a concerted effort to curtail and ultimately end
violence and to dismantle terrorist infrastructure within the
West Bank. However, Gaza, which is currently controlled by
Hamas, represents a distinct challenge. We believe that in
order to end the qassam rocket attacks launched from Gaza into
southern Israel and to prevent the need for a full-scale IDF
invasion, the United States must urge Israel to seriously
investigate the possibility of reaching a cease-fire with
Bush Confident on Mideast Peace. By Steven Lee
Meyers. The New York Times. January 10, 2008.
Israel accepts Bush's push for peace deal:
official. Reuters. January 10, 2008.
Bush Predicts Mideast Peace Treaty by Anne
Gearan. AP. January 10, 2008.
President Bush Discusses Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Process. Office of the Press Secretary. The White
House. January 10, 2008.
President Bush and Palestinian Authority President
Abbas Participate in Joint Press Availability. Office of the
Press Secretary. The White House. January 10, 2008.
President Bush and Prime Minister Olmert
Participate in Joint Press Availability. Office of the Press
Secretary. The White House. January 9,
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