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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Letter to the Editor: Gift of Peace
By Jan Jaben-Eilon
I just returned from Israel, where I had an opportunity to get a sense of the feeling on the ground about the "peace process" and President Bush's trip to Jerusalem. I was surprised by the incredible hopelessness and helplessness felt by many Israelis. Although they didn't seem to place much weight on Bush's visit, they hold onto a tiny thread of hope that only the United States can make the Israelis and Palestinians reach the negotiated two-state solution sought by the majority on both sides.
The purpose of Bush's visit was to accelerate the talks that would achieve that result. All American Jews should support his efforts. Unfortunately, several established American Jewish groups that usually argue that American Jews should support the Israeli government are now either remaining silent or are trying to put blockages in the way of successful negotiations.
We should all support Bush's commitment to do everything he can to push the two parties toward an agreement that would result in two secure, democratic and contiguous states living in peace and security. What better gift can America give to Israel for its 60th birthday?