Tell Bush: Take International Leadership to End Hostilities

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

Over the past several days, the world has been rocked by the severe escalation in hostilities in Gaza and southern Israel following six months of ceasefire, an arrangement that dramatically reduced the level of violent attacks.

The scale of death and destruction from this recent round of attack and counterattack is immense. There's no telling the depth of suffering a continuing downward spiral of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities would entail as extremists across the region -- on both sides of the conflict -- will likely find their cause buttressed and supporters increased. As American Jews we must call on the U.S. government to immediately intercede to reestablish a ceasefire.

Tell President Bush to initiate an international effort with the Quartet and regional allies aimed at achieving an immediate ceasefire that ends the attacks by all sides and facilitates the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

There is no doubt that Israel has both the right and the obligation to protect its citizens. But further escalation will only undermine Israel's long-term prospects for achieving peace and security. This fundamentally political conflict cannot be resolved by military means.

Reestablishing a ceasefire is an important first step, but it is not enough. Israel's long-term security lies in a negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Tell President Bush we are counting on him to intercede now so as to pave the way for a comprehensive diplomatic resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts under the incoming Obama administration. As an ally to Israel, there is no more important step he can take.

Please contact President Bush and express your support for serious diplomacy today.

L'Shalom,


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


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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Please Take Leadership to End Hostilities in Gaza

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew I am deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel. There's no telling the depth of suffering a continuing downward spiral into hostilities would entail. In addition, extremists across the region will likely find their cause buttressed and their supporters increase. It is in the interests of the U.S. and Israel to reestablish a ceasefire.

I call on you to initiate an international effort with the Quartet and regional allies aimed at achieving an immediate ceasefire that ends the attacks on both sides and facilitates the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

In these final weeks of your term, we're counting on your leadership. Because this fundamentally political conflict cannot be resolved by military means, further escalation will undermine Israel's long-term prospects for achieving peace and security.

Please intercede now to pave the way for a comprehensive diplomatic resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts. As an ally to Israel and leader of the U.S., there is no more important step you can take.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:

The President must hear from American Jews that he must act to bring about an immediate ceasefire, and to continue to pave the way for a process that will lead to a permanent resolution to the conflict.

Action is needed now to stop people from dying. Action is needed to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all.

Additional links:

The Way Out of Gaza by Akiva Eldar. Haaretz.com. December 29, 2008.

Israel Says Gaza Assault 'War to the Bitter End' by Ibrahim Barzak and Matti Friedman. news.yahoo.com. December 29, 2008.

Weekly Q&A with Yossi Alpher by Americans for Peace Now. December 29, 2008.

Mideast Papers on Gaza. bbc.org. December 29, 2008.

Trying to 'Teach Hamas a Lesson' is Fundamentally Wrong by Tom Segev. Haaretz.com. December 29, 2008.

White House: Hamas Must Agree to Durable Ceasefire by Tabassum Zakaria. alertnet.org. December 29, 2008.

A Chronology of Israel's Relationship with Gaza by the Associated Press.  news.yahoo.com. December 28, 2008.

'Little Baghdad' in Gaza - Bombs, Fear and Rage by Amira Hass. Haaretz.com. December 28, 2008.

Analysis: Hamas Unlikely to be Toppled by Karin Laub. Associated Press. December 27, 2008.


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