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Hi, my name is [name] from [hometown], [state] and
I’m a jewish constituent of the Senator. I am calling in regards
to the Bayh/Risch “Dear Colleague” letter now being
circulated regarding the Obama Administration’s Mideast
Policies. The letter rightly praises Israel’s recent
actions, and also calls on Arab leaders to demonstrate their
commitment to the peace process by taking concrete
As a constituent, I want the Senator to know that there
is nothing wrong with calling on all parties in the Middle East
to step up to the plate – this is, in fact, President
I am quite concerned that Senators Bayh and Risch have
left out the need for a complete settlement freeze including
East Jerusalem, a position consistent with the Road Map and U.S.
I request that the Senator refrain from signing the
letter unless it is revised to reflect the need for a balanced
approach, that is, pressing for normalization of relations by
Arab countries while simultaneously pressing Israel to move on a
After you have called, please let us know at email@example.com.
Call Your Senator Now:
Don’t Undermine Obama’s Middle East Policies
Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,
This morning Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and James Risch (R-ID)
began circulation of a “Dear Colleague” letter that
questions – and ultimately undermines – the Obama
Administration’s approach to Middle East peace.
Your Senator needs to hear from you today.
What is in the letter from Senators Bayh and Risch?
Briefly, it rightly praises Israel’s recent actions,
including the dismantling of roadblocks in the West Bank and
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s public support of a two-state
solution. Further, it calls on Arab leaders to demonstrate their
commitment to the peace process by taking concrete actions such
as ending the Arab League Boycott of Israel and refusing to
allow propaganda campaigns that demonize Israel and Jews.
There is nothing wrong with calling on all parties in the
Middle East – Israelis, Palestinians, the Arab States, and
the international community – to step up to the plate.
This is, in fact, President Obama’s approach. He has, for
instance, already urged the Arab states to take the specific
steps in the Bayh-Risch letter in exchange for Israeli
The problem with the Bayh-Risch letter is what is
intentionally left out: the need for a complete Israeli
settlement freeze to help move the peace process forward. What
is left out is any mention of Israel’s recent approval of
a controversial settlement project in the heart of a Palestinian
neighborhood of East Jerusalem, a project on hold for more than
20 years in compliance with Israel’s legal
Please call now and request that your Senator refrain from
signing the letter if and until it is revised to reflect the
wisdom of the Obama Administration’s approach –
pressing for normalization of relations by Arab countries while
simultaneously pressing Israel to move on a settlement freeze.
The authors of this Dear Colleague letter send a clear
message to President Obama that they don’t agree with this
We must let our Senators know that we’ve got the
Use our script to call your Senator immediately.
Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Deepa Domansky, Washington Liaison and Advocacy
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