Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

A Palestinian state is a high priority for me and my administration.
I'm confident it can get done.
I appreciate a chance to talk about peace.

These are the words of President Bush after his meeting with Palestinian President Abbas last week in Washington, DC.

Meanwhile, Israel is continuing to expand settlements across the green line while moving at a glacial pace to remove roadblocks, checkpoints, and illegal outposts.  Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets on southern Israel, while the population of Gaza has found no relief from Israeli incursions or the terrible humanitarian crisis there.  All the while, the moderate Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, led by President Abbas, is consistently being undermined.

Offering pleasantries about peace won't be enough to make real progress towards a two-state solution.  Please contact President Bush today and demand vigorous U.S. engagement to produce tangible, on-the-ground changes in the West Bank and Gaza now!

Upon leaving Washington, President Abbas summed up the current status of the post-Annapolis peace process, "Frankly, so far nothing has been achieved." According to Yasser Abed Rabbo, Abbas' policy adviser, when one "compares what is being said at meetings and what is going on on-the-ground, one feels schizophrenia."

If President Bush is serious about achieving any progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace before January 2009, the U.S. must move beyond empty rhetoric and demand real action on the ground. This means ensuring that both sides abide by their Roadmap commitments -- including a freeze on Israeli settlement construction, the dismantling of illegal outposts, and the removal of a significant number of checkpoints and roadblocks that severely disrupt daily Palestinian life. In Gaza, it means supporting a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel (which reports say that Israel has recently rejected), developing a workable solution for Gaza's border crossings, and ensuring an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Israel's peace and security depends upon a genuine peace process that leads to a two-state solution.  Please contact President Bush and demand vigorous U.S. engagement to produce tangible, on-the-ground changes in the West Bank and Gaza now!

L’Shalom,

Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Rob Levy, Washington Representative

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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Peacemaking takes more than just words!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I welcome your recent statements of confidence in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process after meeting with President Abbas in Washington. However, I am very concerned that without tangible, on-the-ground changes in the West Bank and Gaza, real progress towards a two-state solution will continue to be derailed.

Despite promises made at the Annapolis peace conference, Israel is continuing to expand settlements across the green line while moving too slowly to remove roadblocks, checkpoints, and illegal outposts. Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets on southern Israel, while the population of Gaza has found no relief from Israeli incursions or the terrible humanitarian crisis there. All the while, the moderate Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, led by President Abbas, is consistently being undermined.

In order to achieve substantive progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace, the U.S. must move beyond rhetoric and demand real action on the ground. This means ensuring that both sides abide by their Roadmap commitments -- including a freeze on Israeli settlement construction, the dismantling of illegal outposts, and the removal of a significant number of checkpoints and roadblocks that severely disrupt daily Palestinian life. In Gaza, it means supporting a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, developing a workable solution for Gaza's border crossings, and ensuring an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Israel's peace and security depends upon a genuine peace process that leads to a two-state solution. I urge you to work vigorously with Israelis and Palestinians to produce tangible, on-the-ground changes in the West Bank and Gaza now!

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:

President Bush needs to hear from American Jews who know that the success of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations requires more than idle words.

The U.S. must demand real progress on Roadmap commitments and with the situation in Gaza and southern Israel, including:

  • A freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem
  • The dismantling of illegal outposts
  • The removal of a significant number of checkpoints and roadblocks
  • A Hamas-Israel ceasefire in Gaza
  • Ending the blockade on Gaza’s borders

Additional links:

Gazan Mother and 4 Children Killed, by Ethan Bronner.  The New York Times. Apr 29, 2008.

Israel rejects Hamas truce offer. JTA. Apr 27, 2008.

Abbas: I failed in U.S., no progress in peace talks, by The Associated Press.  Haaretz.  Apr 26, 2008.

Bush's Washington Moves to Off-Off Broadway on Middle East Peace, by Daniel Levy. ProspectsforPeace.com.  Apr 25, 2008.

Yasser Abed Rabbo Cautions Against "Partition of West Bank." American Task Force on Palestine.  Apr 25, 2008.

President Bush Meets with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.  The White House.  Apr 24, 2008.

Israelis Claim Secret Agreement With U.S., by Glenn Kessler. The Washington Post. Apr 24, 2008.


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