Tell Obama: Your Strong Voice Is Needed In The Middle East NOW!

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

The escalating warfare in Gaza and southern Israel demands the immediate attention of President-elect Obama. As President-elect, he must speak out about the escalating crisis between Israel and Hamas, call for an immediate ceasefire, and send a strong signal about his long-term objectives for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

In the last month, he and his advisors did not hesitate to release the outline of a large stimulus package and post-Inauguration economic plan in an attempt to contain the financial crisis. Similar action is warranted for the Middle East.

Tell President-elect Obama that his strong voice is needed now. Ask him to call for an immediate ceasefire that ends the attacks by all sides and facilitates the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. He must remind the entire international community of his commitment to Middle East peace and his intention once taking office.

President-elect Obama should also send informal envoys (advisors without formal appointments, members of Congress, etc.) to the region to meet with Israelis, Palestinians, government leaders, and others. Such action will send a strong message about the substantial shift in U.S. involvement he will oversee.

Israel's long-term security lies in a negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians. As an ally to Israel, there is no more important step Obama can take than to make his positions and concern known immediately.

Please contact President-elect Obama and express your support for his active involvement. Take Action!

L'Shalom,

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


 


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President-Elect Barack Obama

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Subject: Your Voice Is Needed in the Middle East NOW!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

The escalating warfare in Gaza and southern Israel demands your immediate attention. As President-elect, you must speak out about the escalating crisis between Israel and Hamas, call for an immediate ceasefire, and send a strong signal about your long-term objectives for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Your economic policies and outline of a large stimulus package and made a difference in addressing the financial crisis.

We need your strong voice calling for an immediate ceasefire that ends the attacks by all sides and facilitates the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

We need you to speak out and reinforce your commitment to Middle East peace and your intentions for this region.

We ask that you send informal envoys (advisors without formal appointments, members of Congress, etc.) to the region to meet with Israelis, Palestinians, government leaders, and others.

Israel's long-term security lies in a negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians. As an ally to Israel, there is no more important step you can take than to get actively involved immediately.

It is true that there is only one President at a time, but your voice will make a difference. Your intervention will make a difference.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:

President-elect Obama must hear from American Jews that we are counting on him to make clear his support for an immediate ceasefire, and to continue to provide leadership on Middle East peace-making.

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:

Is Israel too imprisoned in the familiar ceremony of war? by David Grossman. Haaretz. December 30, 2008.

Obama Defers to Bush, for Now, on Gaza Crisis by Steven Lee Meyers and Helen Cooper. The New York Times.  December 28, 2008. 

Analysis / Israel’s operation in Gaza is entering its problematic phase by Aluf Benn. Haaretz. December 30, 2008.


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