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Call Today: Ask YOUR Rep to
Promote Israeli-Palestinian Peace on Israel's
Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,
Next week President Bush travels to
the Middle East and will celebrate Israel's 60th birthday.
Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Ray LaHood (R-IL) have a
perfect birthday gift idea: reinvigorate Israeli-Palestinian
The Price-LaHood sign-on letter to President Bush is the
first constructive, pro-peace Congressional initiative to
address the ongoing violence in Gaza and southern Israel.
It calls on the President to prevent the crisis from undermining
progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by urging efforts to
achieve a Hamas-Israel ceasefire and an end to the Gaza
blockade. [see full text below]
Time is short - please call now! The letter closes
for signatures on Monday, May 12th. Call your
Representative and urge him/her to sign the Price-Lahood letter
The letter proposes serious solutions to end the violence,
addresses the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, and maintain
progress on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Specifically, the Price-LaHood letter urges President Bush
- Continue to condemn rocket attacks on southern Israel
- End the Gaza blockade and open border crossings into
- Address the smuggling of weapons into Gaza
- Explore a Hamas-Israel ceasefire, most likely mediated by
third parties (such as with current efforts by Egypt)
It recognizes that "without such solutions, popular support
for the peace process among both Israelis and Palestinians will
suffer, and moderate Palestinian leadership in the West Bank...
will be threatened."
The Price-LaHood offers serious solutions to end the
crisis in Gaza and southern Israel and maintain progress towards
peace. Call your Representative and urge him/her to sign
the Price-LaHood letter on Israeli-Palestinian peace
Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Rob Levy, Washington
PS. Please share this Action Alert with family, friends, and
colleagues (and if you forward to friends in a different
Congressional district, just have them call (202) 224-3121 and
ask for their own Representative).
Full Text of
May XX, 2008
Dear Mr. President:
We write to express our deep concern over the
ongoing crisis in southern Israel and Gaza. We fear that
the status quo, with its constant threat of a new eruption of
terror and violence, can too easily derail progress toward
achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement in 2008.
So far this year, nearly one thousand rockets have
been fired by Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups from
the Gaza Strip into Israel -- intentionally aimed at residential
communities in southern Israel such as Sderot, and reaching as
far as the city of Ashkelon. We strongly condemn these attacks
and support Israel's right to self defense.
We recognize, too, that many Palestinian civilians
and children have been killed and wounded in Israel's military
operations in Gaza targeted at Hamas and other militant groups.
In addition, the blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel in order to
put pressure on Hamas is exacerbating an already grave
humanitarian situation. In this climate, popular
support for Hamas remains strong while the credibility of the
current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is weakened.
We are concerned that unless something changes,
progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will
continually be hampered by the violence in southern Israel and
Gaza. We believe that for the peace process to be viable,
solutions must be found to stabilize the Gaza situation,
preserve the achievements made in peace talks, and maintain
forward momentum. Without such solutions, popular support
for the peace process among both Israelis and Palestinians will
suffer, and moderate Palestinian leadership in the West Bank,
led by President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad,
will be threatened.
Without doubt, any solution to the crisis in
southern Israel and Gaza must include unequivocal international
condemnation of the rocket attacks, including from Arab
states. We support and encourage your efforts to reach
such an international consensus through the appropriate
Furthermore, any solution must end the Gaza
blockade in a secure and timely manner, including the possible
re-opening of the Egypt-Gaza border crossing under Palestinian
Authority control. Any solution will need to address the
smuggling of weapons and materials from Egypt into Gaza.
We urge you to work actively with Egypt, Israel, and, where
appropriate, the international community, to find solutions to
this border challenge that address Israel's security needs,
provide relief to the people of Gaza, and create a climate more
conducive to a successful peace process.
Finally, we believe that any solution to the
current situation should include exploration of a potential
ceasefire, mediated most likely by third parties or even by
President Abbas. Recent polling data suggests strong support for
such measures among Israelis. In fact, a poll conducted by
Tel Aviv University and the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz in
February 2008 found that 64% of Israelis support efforts to
achieve an Israel-Hamas ceasefire.
We are not arguing for direct engagement with
Hamas by Israel or the U.S. Hamas is a U.S.-designated
foreign terrorist organization sworn to Israel's
destruction. Moreover, such engagement could undermine
Palestinian moderates. We also recognize the difficulties
of reaching and sustaining a ceasefire, and the need to guard
against a ceasefire becoming simply an opportunity for Hamas to
rearm. For this reason, a ceasefire cannot be an end in
itself. Rather, a ceasefire has the potential to halt the
rocket attacks on Israeli civilians and prevent the need for
further Israeli military operations in Gaza for the immediate
term. It can then create the space necessary to help keep the
peace negotiations on track, to enable the return of kidnapped
Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, to address the smuggling of
weapons from Egypt into Gaza, and to facilitate improvements in
the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
We strongly support Israeli-Palestinian peace
efforts and believe their success is deeply connected to the
national security interests of the United States. As you
continue your critically important efforts to achieve progress
on implementing the Roadmap, including issues like security,
movement and access, and economic development in the West Bank,
we urge you to consider the recommendations outlined in this
letter. We look forward to working with you in your
efforts to bring stability and peace to the Middle East.
Current signers of the
Price-LaHood letter (as of 5/9/08):
- Blumenauer (D-OR)
- Boswell (D-IA)
- Boustany (R-LA)
- Capps (D-CA)
- Capuano (D-MA)
- Coble (R-NC)
- Conyers (D-MI)
- Davis, Susan (D-CA)
- DeFazio (D-OR)
- Doggett (D-TX)
- Doyle (D-PA)
- Ellison (D-MN)
- Faleomavaega (D-AS)
- Farr (D-CA)
- Fattah (D-PA)
- Hinchey (D-NY)
- Issa (R-CA)
- Jones (D-OH)
- Kucinich (D-OH)
- LaHood (R-IL)
- Lee (D-CA)
- Lynch (D-MA)
- McCollum (D-MN)
- McDermott (D-WA)
- McGovern (D-MA)
- Moore, Gwen (D-WI)
- Moran, Jerry (R-KS)
- Moran, Jim (D-VA)
- Oberstar (D-MN)
- Olver (D-MA)
- Price (D-NC)
- Rahall (D-WV)
- Rangell (D-NY)
- Rodriguez (D-TX)
- Smith (D-WA)
- Tierney (D-MA)
- Wamp (R-TN)
- Welch (D-VT)
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