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APN Calls for Former Presidents Bush & Clinton to be Sent as Special Envoys to Resolve Middle East Crisis

APN called on President George W. Bush to send presidential envoys to the Middle East to work on resolving the deteriorating situation between Israel, the Palestinians, and Lebanon.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 14, 2006
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Washington, D.C.-Americans for Peace Now (APN) today called on President George W. Bush to send presidential envoys to the Middle East to work on resolving the deteriorating situation between Israel, the Palestinians, and Lebanon. APN is a Jewish, Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel's security through peace and to supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement.

"President George W. Bush should immediately dispatch a senior presidential envoy or envoys to the Middle East, vested with the authority of the president and empowered to work with parties in the region, the UN, and relevant world leaders to restore order and renew a political process capable of ending terrorism and violence," said Debra DeLee, APN President and CEO. "For example, former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton - who worked together to address a number of crises at home and abroad - could serve in this role. No president in history has stood by idly while Israeli-Arab violence raged unchecked. The United States has an obligation - to its own citizens, to its ally Israel, and to the world in which it represents the last superpower - to intervene with the full force of American moral suasion to stop this escalation.

"The current crisis in the Middle East continues to escalate. Hundreds of rockets have been launched at Israel from Gaza and Lebanon - territories from which Israel had withdrawn. Israeli soldiers have been abducted from sovereign Israeli territory. Innocent Palestinian, Lebanese, and Israeli lives are being taken and put at risk, economic progress is being erased, the global economy is threatened, and the fragile progress that has been made toward peace and democracy in the Middle East is being jeopardized. As it stands today, the crisis has taken on its own momentum, and it is increasingly unlikely that the parties, on their own, have the ability to slow or stop it. Unchecked, this crisis threatens to spread and engulf the region in conflict, with potentially devastating consequences not only for the people of the Middle East, but for the world."