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Urge Your Senators to Cosponsor Mideast Peace Resolution!

Exciting news!
Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Richard Lugar (IN), along with 7 other original cosponsors, have just introduced S.Res.224, a bi-partisan pro-peace, pro-Israel resolution that calls for active U.S. engagement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   Please urge your Senators to cosponsor S.Res.224 today — click here to sign Brit Tzedek v’Shalom’s action alert!
S.Res.224 represents a sharp departure from the usual language in resolutions about Israel and the Palestinians and more closely echoes the pro-peace, pro-Israel positions shared by Brit Tzedek and the vast majority of American Jews.  The resolution states clearly that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “in the vital interests of the United States, Israel, and the Palestinian people.” It further asserts that “armed force alone will not solve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute,” and that “achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace could have significant impacts on security and stability in the region.” Sign on.
S.Res.224 calls on President Bush to make a two-state solution a “top priority” and urges him to appoint a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace to provide vigorous and ongoing engagement to return both sides to the negotiating table.  It welcomes the Arab League Peace Initiative and urges Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “embrace efforts to achieve peace and refrain from taking any actions that would prejudice the outcome of final status negotiations.”
Upon the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, S.Res.224 calls on the U.S. to protect the next 40 years from the tragic losses and missed opportunities of the last.  It sends a strong message that real American leadership and genuine, ongoing diplomatic engagement are critical to achieving a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Ask your Senators to sign-on to S.Res.224 today!

8 thoughts on “Urge Your Senators to Cosponsor Mideast Peace Resolution!

  1. Oy, the U.S. has gotten involved twice in a major way in the MidEast Peace Process – once when Jimmy Carter made a hero of Arafat, the next when Bill Clinton forced Israel to offer up the full monty to Arafat, and he still didn’t take it. The only additional pressure to bear on Israel by the U.S. would be to force Israel to give up all but the 10 square blocks of central Tel Aviv.
    The only pressure the U.S. should be applying is to Saudi Arabia to stop funding Whahabians.

  2. You’re wrong there — you forgot when Reagan withheld money to force Yizhak Shamir to attend Madrid. And thanks to Clinton, the PLO removed the “destroy Israel” line in it’s charter.
    I’m not a scholar of Middle East history or American presidencies, but so far as I’m aware EVERY American President since ’48 has been involved in Israel’s affairs and each one in a major way since ’67. And if $3 billion/year in loan guarantees isn’t major, then I’m not sure what is.

  3. incorrect and KFJ-
    This argument is like saying Certs is a breath mint or a candy mint.
    The whole situation with Israel and Palestine is a huge mess that only the US can deal with fairly. It just seems that sometimes we make more of a mess than cleaning up anything.
    Yet where incorrect is true to his online handle is that this resolution is a step in a cleaning up and involved direction. We need more leadership like this in the world.

  4. It was Bush the Elder who sponsored the Madrid conference, not Reagan, who pressured Shamir to attend the Madrid conference. And the money the Bush team withheld was for loan guarantees for resettling Soviet immigrants by linking them to a settlement freeze in the West Bank and Gaza.
    History aside, the calls for the US to “get more involved”, without further specificity, ring hollow. What is the US to do, other than putting pressure on Israel to “show restraint” or make concessions to a Hamas-led PA in yet another failed attempt to exhume the corpse of Oslo?
    On the other hand, if getting involved meant an actual plan that involved putting pressure on Egypt to control the Gaza border, facilitating a resumption of dismantling settlements east of the fence and looking for ways to facilitate Abdullah’s trial balloon of a Jordanian trusteeship for the West Bank, that would actually be a petition worth signing.

  5. After Iraq, I’m think few Arabs are going to view the US as an impartial, fair arbiter. It would probably be useful to involve other regional powers via the Saudi Peace Plan. Ultimately, they’re the ones Israel has to live with (and vice versa).

  6. After Iraq, I think few Arabs are going to view the US as an impartial, fair arbiter. It would probably be useful to involve other regional powers via the Saudi Peace Plan. Ultimately, they’re the ones Israel has to live with (and vice versa).

  7. Here is something every Jew should support. Write to President Bush.
    Jerusalem Embassy Pact Passes House
    June 6, 2007
    WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives yesterday passed without opposition a resolution calling on President Bush to move America’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and adhere to the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act.

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