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open letter to the President regarding Palstinian-Israeli issues

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Midnitesun
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Dear Mr. President,

As the newly elected President of the United States, you assume the leadership of our nation at a critical time in our history. As American Jews who strongly support Israel, we call on you to commit our nation to vigorous and persistent engagement in the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We ask that within the first hundred days of your administration you appoint an internationally respected envoy at the highest level to signal your intentions to pursue full implementation of the disengagement plan and a renewal of negotiations leading to a final status accord.

After four years of unrelenting violence and bloodletting, the current stalemate is unspeakably tragic for both peoples and serves as a lightning rod for international terrorism and threats to our nation's security. Moreover, the demographic reality in Israel makes clear the urgency of a two-state solution, the key to preserving Israel as both a Jewish and democratic state.

In the past, American presidents have succeeded in bringing about lasting peace agreements between Israel and her Arab neighbors. They did so by maintaining a steadfast commitment in the face of numerous obstacles.

We believe that Israeli and Palestinian leaders can be brought back to the negotiating table through your committed and persistent leadership in support of a negotiated two-state solution. Meeting this challenge would be an unparalleled achievement for your presidency. We strongly urge you to take all steps necessary to renew the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and thus advance America's historic contribution to regional stability, global security, and international peace.

Signed, The Host Committee

* This is the kind of action going on that you just don't hear enough about in the daily media. So what should the next President do? And you noticed, they don't address him by name, because the WHO is less important than the WHAT THEY DO about it.
What do you think should be our government's course of action?

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How about an international force, (including Americans?)
policing and patrolling the borders between Israeli
and Palestinian territories?  That idea was floated not
long ago.

Egypt , an relatively resource poor country, receives billions
in exchange for it’s neutrality.  Same idea for Palestine?

What other  examples of:

“In the past, American presidents have succeeded in bringing
about lasting peace agreements between Israel and her Arab neighbors.”

What was the cost?  And for how long are the costs to continue?

Where is the EU?

Israel currently receives one third of all U.S. foreign aid monies.  Should the U.S.
threaten directly or indirectly to put its wallet back in its own pocket?

What do you do with groups devoted to the destruction
of the state of Israel as an act of religious faith?

56 years.  Do you think Israel doesn’t want peace?
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John, I'll come back to this thread later this evening or possibly tomorrow, as there are some comments/observations I'd like to discuss with you.
 
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