Tell Bush: Israel must not violate settlement commitments!

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

Last week, Israel approved the construction of a new settlement deep in the West Bank.  Contact President Bush today and urge the U.S. to intervene and hold Israel to its commitment to freeze all settlement construction!

The new settlement, Maskiot, would be first settlement in the Jordan Valley since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993!

If these plans move ahead...

  • President Abbas and the moderate Palestinian leadership will be weakened while Hamas and other radical forces will be strengthened by giving credence to the arguments that Israel is not serious about peace negotiations,

  • Israel’s military flexibility will be limited by moving civilians into what is already an established military base,

  • Israel would be violating its clear and repeated promises to the U.S. to freeze settlement construction.

The threat that the construction of this new settlement poses to the U.S.-backed peace efforts is even more pronounced today, as, with the renewal of direct and ongoing negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leadership, the stakes are so much higher.

Fortunately, it is not too late to stop this folly. The proposal still requires approval from Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

If the administration has any stake in its goal of reaching a negotiated two-state solution before the end of its term, President Bush should intervene and hold Israel to its commitment to freeze settlement activity.

Please contact President Bush today!

L’Shalom,

Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Deepa Domansky, Washington Liaison and Advocacy Coordinator

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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Israel must not violate settlement commitments!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I am deeply alarmed by Israel's recent approval of the construction of a new settlement, Maskiot, deep in the West Bank. I urge you to intervene and hold Israel to its commitment to freeze all settlement construction.

This is a violation of its Roadmap commitment and, in doing so, would weaken President Abbas and moderate Palestinians while Hamas and other radical forces will be strengthened by giving credence to the arguments that Israel is not serious about peace negotiations. Secondly, Israel's military flexibility will be limited by moving civilians into what is already an established military base.

The threat that the construction of this new settlement poses to the U.S.-backed peace efforts is even more pronounced today, as, with the renewal of direct and ongoing negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leadership, the stakes are so much higher.

Fortunately, it is not too late to stop this folly. The proposal still requires approval from Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. As you have stated that you are committed to reaching a negotiated two-state solution by the end of your term, I urge you to intervene and hold Israel to its commitment to freeze settlement activity.

Israel's peace and security depend upon a genuine peace process that leads to a two-state solution, which can only emerge if both sides adhere to their Roadmap commitments. Hold Israel accountable to its commitment and halt its construction plans, which could threaten the long-term peace process!

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 depends on Israeli and Palestinian adherence to their Roadmap commitments, including freezing settlement construction.

The U.S. cannot remain silent about this.  Israel must adhere to its Roadmap commitments, which are crucial to the process of creating a two-state solution.

Contact President Bush today!

Additional links:

Revived Israeli Plan for New Homes in West Bank Sparks Outcry, by Washington Post Foreign Service. Washington Post.  July 25, 2008.

Israel Moves Toward Building More Settler Homes, by Isabel Kershner. The New York Times. July 25, 2008.

U.S. says new West Bank settlement plans don't help, by Reuters. July 25, 2008.

MKs okay new West Bank homes, despite vow to freeze settlements, by Haaretz Service and News Agencies. Haaretz. July 24, 2008.

Maskiot Settlement tells U.S. about realities of Israeli Policy, by MidEast Web Middle East Web Log. June 3, 2006

Shirat Hyam-Gush Katif


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