Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Praises
Biden's Comments on Middle East Peace
Administration Joins Peace Groups Recognizing Halt to
Settlement Expansion Key to
Washington, DC -- Diane Balser, executive director of Brit
Tzedek v'Shalom, the country's largest and most vibrant
grassroots Jewish peace movement, issued the following statement
today in response to Vice President Joseph Biden and Sen. John
Kerry's (D-Mass.) addresses to the national conference of the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
"When Vice President Biden addressed AIPAC this week, he
spoke poignantly to the aspirations of the majority of American
Jews and other pro-Israel Americans, who recognize that the
peace and security of the State of Israel, as the Jewish
democratic homeland, are irrevocably bound to achieving a
negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian
Underscoring his understanding that the Obama administration
will not be 'judged by our verbal assurances... but by the
results of the commitments we have made,' the Vice President
called on all parties to the conflict -- the Israelis,
Palestinians, the Arab States and the Quartet, alike -- to join
the United States in making a just and lasting Middle East peace
a priority, to 'think differently; to take risks; to make
Vice President Biden set forth the challenge 'show me,'
emphasizing that common interest is not enough -- concrete steps
must be taken by both Israeli and Palestinians in order to build
common purpose, including an Israeli halt to settlement
expansion and stepped up Palestinian efforts to combat violence.
Vice President Biden's strong track record of
support for Israel gave him great credibility in standing before
the Jewish community and laying out the hard facts -- the
expansion of settlements is a primary obstacle to peace.
His words echoed the sentiments of Senator Kerry, who addressed
the same gathering a day earlier: 'Nothing will do more to show
Israel's commitment to making peace than freezing new settlement
As President Obama and Vice President Biden American actively
engage in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, American
Jews will stand behind the administration and work to build
support for its efforts in our communities and across the
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