Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,
President Obama has just completed his first 100 days in
office. For the first time in U.S. history, an administration
has made a negotiated 2-state resolution of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and visible on-the-ground change a
top priority from Day 1.
However, Obama's Congressional opponents are now trying to
obstruct his request for additional assistance to
Palestinians and the potential for such aid to continue
under a Palestinian unity government. Aid is central to
ensure that basic human needs of the population are met, to
revive the economy, and to maintain stability. Stand with
President Obama today -- tell your Senators and Representative
to support the Palestinian aid provisions of the FY 09 supplemental budget request.
The administration has proposed a stipulation -- as part of
the $83 billion spending bill -- that would
allow humanitarian, re-building, and other aid
to continue to flow to the Palestinian Authority in the
event that a unity government is formed between Fatah and Hamas.
Let's be clear. The Obama proposal does not propose violation
of U.S. law. It requires that any new Palestinian
government meet 3 longstanding internationally agreed-upon
criteria: recognition of Israel, renouncing of violence, and
compliance with past Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
Secretary of State Clinton asked members of the Foreign
Operations subcommittee not to bind the President's hands in the
event that such a unity government is formed. A Palestinian
government that brings together Fatah and Hamas, Gaza and the
West Bank is a more meaningful partner for peace negotiations
Take 60 seconds today and show your support for President
Obama's pragmatic and principled diplomacy efforts today.
Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Deepa Domansky, Washington
Liaison and Advocacy Coordinator
Send a letter to the following
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Subject: Support the Obama Administration’s Palestinian
aid provisions of FY 09 Supplemental Budget Request
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
I am writing to request that you support the Obama
administration’s Palestinian aid provisions of FY 09
supplemental budget request. As a pro-Israel, pro-peace
constituent, I urge you to approve desperately needed
Palestinian aid to alleviate human suffering, build
infrastructure, and address other vital needs; as well as
approve the loosening of the ban on aid to a Fatah-Hamas unity
Palestinian aid is central to maintain
stability and ensure that basic human needs of the population
are met. A Palestinian government that brings together Fatah and
Hamas, Gaza and the West Bank, and follows the Quartet’s
agreed upon requirements, is also a viable partner for
peace negotiations with Israel.
Please do not tie
Secretary Clinton's hands -- support the administration's
pragmatic and principled diplomacy efforts today.