Dear supporters of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and members of the
American Jewish community,
Who among us has not watched in alarm and anguish as the
crisis has unfolded in Gaza and southern Israel over the past
two days? Close to 300 Palestinians have died and hundreds more
are wounded -- both Hamas militants and ordinary citizens. More
than 120 rockets have been launched into Israel, with one man
Though some Israeli action is an understandable response to
continued rocket fire from Hamas, and the idea of contained
surgical strikes may be compelling, these airstrikes represent a
huge escalation of the conflict -- a crisis that may end in a
wider war in which many more Palestinians and Israelis die in
the weeks to come.
The now familiar sequence of escalating mutual hostility,
invasion, and withdrawal without security arrangements has never
worked -- in Lebanon, the West Bank, or in Gaza itself. The
United States and the entire world community must intercede to
help reestablish a ceasefire, put an end to rocket attacks on
Israel, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Brit Tzedek calls on President Bush to initiate an
international effort aimed at negotiating an immediate
ceasefire. Such a ceasefire must halt all attacks from both
sides and allow humanitarian assistance into Gaza.
Further, we call on President-elect Obama to make clear that
he will, as President, urgently assert US leadership to achieve
a comprehensive diplomatic resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian
and Arab-Israeli conflicts.
Today, black smoke spirals over Gaza as the hospitals fill
with the wounded. Israelis stay close to bomb shelters and 7000
reservists get ready for a possible ground assault. If the
international community fails to swiftly establish a durable
peace, the consequences will be dire. The current hostilities in
Gaza may be only the beginning.
There is no doubt that Israel has the right and the
obligation to protect its citizens. But Israel's only hope for
survival as a secure and democratic Jewish homeland lies in a
diplomatic -- rather than military -- solution, and in a
negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Steve Masters, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Balser, Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
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