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ACTION ALERT: Tell Bush to Defuse Gaza Crisis Now - Better Late Than Never

PAST ACTION ALERT - FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY - PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND

PAST ACTION ALERT - FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY - PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND


The abduction of an Israeli soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, the ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks, and the forceful Israeli response marked the beginning of an escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence. The bloodshed is growing and no clear end is in sight.

The current spiraling violence in the Gaza Strip and from Gaza into Israel cannot be allowed to continue. Israel and the Palestinian leaders, each facing their own constraints and domestic demands, cannot on their own find a path out of this situation. While efforts exerted thus far by other parties, and in particular those of Egypt, are valuable, they will not succeed without serious American engagement.

Americans for Peace Now has long argued that there is no long-term option for Israel and the Palestinians but a return to negotiations. Absent such negotiations, the parties will inevitably end up locked in conflict, as they are at present, lacking any constructive or face-saving mechanism by which they can disengage.

The U.S. could have intervened sooner to foster a political track that might have generated sufficient goodwill to have avoided the current escalation. Certainly, the U.S. has been conspicuously absent thus far from efforts to resolve the crisis.

As Israel's foremost ally and friend, and as the third party that has the most capacity to impact the situation, the U.S. must now take urgent and meaningful steps to defuse this crisis as quickly as possible. President Bush can and should intervene personally - or through a personal representative - in coordination with other influential players in the region, including not only Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, but also countries like Syria, who are not U.S. allies but, nonetheless, can play a constructive role.

Please contact President Bush. Tell him that the time has come for U.S. engagement to defuse this crisis.

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