The Attila the Huns of Israel policy, Senators Evan Bayh (as in “bye bye,” D-IN) and James Risch (R-ID) have circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter that questions the fair play role Obama is playing in the Middle East! Backed by AIPAC, it typically showers praise on Israel while putting the full burden of peacemaking on the Arab states. After the successes of forcing Bibi Netanyahu to acknowledge two states and halting new and expanded settlement growth, this is a stupid letter and it deliberately puts a stick in Obama’s tires.
Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, and J Street ask you to call your Senators today. How many calls are we talking to be taken seriously? Do you really want to know? Twenty. Twenty calls per state. Call the switchboard at (202) 224-3121, tell them not to sign until it’s changed to be even-handed. More eloquent script below the fold.
Hi, my name is [name] from [hometown], [state] and I’m a 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 actions.
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 Obama’s approach.
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. Foreign Policy.
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 settlement freeze.
Thank you.
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