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APN Condemns Hezbollah Attack, Calls for Resumption of US Diplomacy in Region

APN condemned the Hezbollah missile and kidnapping attacks against Israel, which are blatant violations of the internationally recognized border between Israel and Lebanon.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 12, 2006
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Washington, D.C.-Americans for Peace Now (APN) today condemned the Hezbollah missile and kidnapping attacks against Israel, which are blatant violations of the internationally recognized border between Israel and Lebanon. Hezbollah's offer to release the two most recently kidnapped Israeli soldiers, along with the Israeli soldier kidnapped earlier by Palestinian groups, reflects the spreading nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the United States has allowed to fester without making any significant attempts to find a diplomatic solution to it. APN is a Jewish, Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel's security through peace and to supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement.

"APN condemns Hezbollah's multiple attacks on Israel this morning, which resulted in numerous deaths and the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers," said Debra DeLee, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now. "Since Israel pulled back to an internationally recognized northern border, Hezbollah no longer has an excuse for these kinds of actions.

"While Hezbollah's missile strikes and kidnappings are disturbing in and of themselves, it is particularly worrisome to see the group latching on to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a justification for them. The crisis in Gaza has continued for weeks without significant American diplomatic intervention. It should be clear to the White House at this time that the Palestinian situation is not unfolding in a regional vacuum-the ongoing fighting has severe consequences for broader Israeli and American interests. Now is the time for the Bush Administration to resume active U.S. diplomacy to help bring this spreading violence under control. Simply issuing stiff statements is not sufficient."