We've Got Your Back, Mr. President
A Pledge to Build Support for President
Obama's Pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian Peace
When Netanyahu Met
Change is underway in American foreign policy: During their
first White House meeting, President Obama pulled no punches in
clarifying to Prime Minister Netanyahu that a two-state
resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict has his full,
unwavering support -- and he didn't hesitate to take on
contentious issues, either, even while expressing his "great
confidence" that Netanyahu will "rise to the occasion."
"Settlements have to be stopped in order for us to move
forward," Obama said frankly, going out of his way to also talk
about the suffering in Gaza: "The fact is that if the people of
Gaza have no hope, if they can't even get clean water at this
point... then that is not going to be a recipe for Israel's
Netanyahu was hesitant to publicly commit to the President's
agenda, but it's clear that the Administration's message
is getting through: the Prime Minister stated his
willingness to start peace negotiations with Syria and the
Palestinians, without preconditions, and Defense Minister Ehud
Barak announced that the government will dismantle illegal
outposts by force if necessary.
But it remains to be seen if Israeli policy will extend to
meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's demand to "stop...
settlement construction - additions, natural growth, any kind of
settlement activity." Will the Israeli government freeze
construction? Or will they raze an outpost here and there and
expect it to be enough -- as they did under the former
One thing is clear: The more powerful and persistent
the Obama administration can be, the more inclined the Israeli
government will be to engage substantively with the peace
process -- and we can have a hand in making that
The support of the American Jewish community and our allies
is essential to keeping the Administration on course.
You can signal that support by signing Brit Tzedek's
"We've Got Your Back, Mr.
Let the President know that you will:
- back his committed, persistent leadership in support of a
negotiated two-state solution
- work within your community to create the political space to
allow him to take bold, decisive steps
- act to urge Congress to support the President in this
- make it known that an American President who dedicates
himself to establishing a durable Israeli-Palestinian peace acts
in the best interests of Israelis, Palestinians, the United
States, and the world community.
Sign the pledge at obamapledge.org
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
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