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Tell President Obama: Stand Firm on Pro-Peace Positions

ObamaSpeech186x140.jpgIn a few days, President Obama will be speaking in front of thousands of people gathered in Washington for the annual AIPAC policy conference. The day after his speech he will be meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. It is vital that President Obama hear from you before these events.

Right now, given election politics, it is unrealistic to expect any dramatic U.S. initiative to try to break the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock. And for the same reason, President Obama is now under tremendous pressure to "walk back" many of the pro-Israel, pro-peace positions he has staked out over the past three years. Moreover, as the drums of war with Iran beat ever louder in Congress and from AIPAC, Obama is under pressure to lower the bar for U.S. military action against Iran.

Tell President Obama to stay committed to his pro-Israel, pro-peace positions, and his responsible approach on Iran.

In a few days, President Obama will be speaking in front of thousands of people gathered in Washington for the annual AIPAC policy conference. The day after his speech he will be meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. It is vital that President Obama hear from you before these events.

Right now, given election politics, it is unrealistic to expect any dramatic U.S. initiative to try to break the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock. And for the same reason, President Obama is now under tremendous pressure to "walk back" many of the pro-Israel, pro-peace positions he has staked out over the past three years. Moreover, as the drums of war with Iran beat ever louder in Congress and from AIPAC, Obama is under pressure to lower the bar for U.S. military action against Iran.

Tell President Obama to stay committed to his pro-Israel, pro-peace positions, and his responsible approach on Iran.

It was just before last year's AIPAC conference that Obama talked about his vision of two states based on the 1967 lines with agreed-on swaps. That vision - consistent with the policies of previous administrations and with what everyone knows must be the basis for any peace agreement - has since then been used ceaselessly by polemicists and partisan ideologues to attack the president and to challenge the very idea of a two-state solution.

These attacks on Obama are an example of the kind of pressure he is under, and underscore how important it is for him to hear from all of us that we want him to stand firm in his commitment to achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace and a two-state solution, and to the sensible, pragmatic positions on this issue that he has previously articulated - including on 1967 lines, settlements, and Jerusalem.

Let President Obama know that pro-Israel means standing up to pressure from those who, in the name of a misguided "pro-Israel" agenda, are pushing him toward policies that are bad for Israel and bad for the U.S.

It is essential that President Obama hear from you, so that he knows that those urging him to back down on his pro-Israel, pro-peace positions do not represent all Americans or American Jews. We urge you to join us in telling Obama not to give in to their pressure.