Tell President Bush: Real Ceasefire Now!

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

Too many lives have been lost.  Too many people are living under constant threat of attack.  This crisis must end now!  Contact President Bush and tell him its time for a real ceasefire today!

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently announced a three-part comprehensive plan for a “sustainable” ceasefire to the ongoing Middle East crisis. This is an important first step, and a welcome break from the US’s negligence to proactively resolve this crisis, but we are very concerned that her conditions for such a “sustainable” ceasefire will allow the violence to continue for weeks.  The recent bombing in Qana, Lebanon, with at least 54 dead, most of whom were children, demonstrates the urgent necessity of a ceasefire without delay.

Now is the time for the US government, in concert with the international community, to achieve a real and immediate multi-lateral ceasefire – followed by intense diplomacy to return the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, stop the rocket attacks on Israel, end the Israeli air strikes and ground incursions in Lebanon and Gaza, and install an international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

As Representatives Price, Capps, Filner and Leach said in a letter to President Bush last Friday, continuing the conflict until Hezbollah is entirely disabled is “strategically naïve” and not in Israel’s interests.  All reports are showing that Israel’s military campaign to root out Hezbollah is facing far greater challenges than expected.  The real way to reduce the threat from Hezbollah is through an immediate ceasefire, intelligent diplomacy, the installation of an international peacekeeping force, and renewed support for the democratic Lebanese government.

More importantly, the Lebanese people, who largely rejected Hezbollah at the outset of this crisis, are now almost unanimously standing behind Hezbollah in their attacks on Israel, with anti-Israel sentiment quickly increasing throughout the Middle East.  This is the true threat to Israel’s long-term peace and security. 

For Israel’s sake, demand a real ceasefire now!

L’Shalom,

Steve Masters
Chair of Advocacy

Rob Levy
Washington Representative

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President George W. Bush


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Subject: It's Time for a Real Ceasefire Now!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently announced a three-part comprehensive plan for a "sustainable" ceasefire to the ongoing Middle East crisis. This is an important first step, and a welcome break from the US's negligence to proactively resolve this crisis, but I am very concerned that your conditions for such a "sustainable" ceasefire will allow the violence to continue for weeks. The recent bombing in Qana, Lebanon, with at least 54 dead, most of whom were children, demonstrates the urgent necessity of a ceasefire without delay.

Now is the time for the US government, in concert with the international community, to achieve a real and immediate multi-lateral ceasefire - followed by intense diplomacy to return the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, stop the rocket attacks on Israel, end the Israeli air strikes and ground incursions in Lebanon and Gaza, and install an international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

Continuing the conflict until Hezbollah is entirely disabled is strategically naïve and not in Israel's interests. All reports are showing that Israel's military campaign to root out Hezbollah is facing far greater challenges than expected. The real way to reduce the threat from Hezbollah is through an immediate ceasefire, intelligent diplomacy, the installation of an international peacekeeping force, and renewed support for the democratic Lebanese government.

More importantly, the Lebanese people, who largely rejected Hezbollah at the outset of this crisis, are now almost unanimously standing behind Hezbollah in their attacks on Israel, with anti-Israel sentiment quickly increasing throughout the Middle East. This is the true threat to Israel's long-term peace and security and US national interests in the region.

I urge you to pursue a real and immediate ceasefire now.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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The Need for a Ceasefire

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Additional links:

Ceasefire Letter to Bush from Representatives Price, Capps, Filner, and Leach. July 28 2006.

Stop the band-aid treatment, by Jimmy Carter. Washington Post. August 1 2006.

FAQ: How can the violence be stopped? by Simon Tisdall. Guardian. July 31 2006.

Israel/Palestine/Lebanon: Climbing Out of the Abyss, a report by the International Crisis Group.  July 25 2006.

A Time to Act, by Warren Christopher, Washington Post. July 28 2006.

Bill Clinton calls on western leaders to broker Lebanese ceasefire, by Murray Brewster, Canadian Press. July 27 2006.


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August 14, 2006


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