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APN Congratulates Israel for Negotiating with Syria; Blasts Bush for Inaction

"Circumstances have been ripe for resuming peace talks between Israel and Syria for almost two years. Precious time was lost because of the White House's objection to Israeli engagement with Syria..."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 21, 2008
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Washington, D.C - Americans for Peace Now (APN) today congratulated the Israeli people and applauded the governments of Israel and Syria for the resumption of peace talks between the nations. APN commended the government of Turkey for its active role in hosting and facilitating the talks under its auspices.

"Circumstances have been ripe for resuming peace talks between Israel and Syria for almost two years. Precious time was lost because of the White House's objection to Israeli engagement with Syria due to its dogmatic doctrine of refusing to talk to radicals," said Debra DeLee, APN's President and CEO. "Israel did the right thing in pursuing its strategic interests and negotiating peace.  It's a shame that the U.S. is not the one brokering the peace talks."

Americans for Peace Now, a Jewish, Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel's security through peace and to supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement, has been urging the Bush administration for the past two years to actively support Israeli-Syrian peace talks.

"It's not too late for the Bush administration to reassume America's traditional leadership role in shepherding Mideast peace. Today's dramatic simultaneous statements from Damascus and Jerusalem on the resumption of talks on the Israeli-Syrian track should prompt the President to push for comprehensive Mideast peace. American involvement is crucial. No Israeli-Arab peace agreement has ever been reached without active American diplomacy," DeLee said.