Rarely have I said anything good about our present administration in Washington D.C. but this is the exception. As the article at talking point memo states, modest steps have been taken and the possibility for more progress is present. This petition calls for Bush and his team to do more in making it happen. Please sign this petition if you feel as I do that it may make a difference.
Petition To President Bush
Dear Mr. President,
We, the undersigned, believe that resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is critical to U.S. national security interests and essential to reduce the threat posed by international terrorism. We write to underscore American public support for your efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We encourage you to make this a central and sustained objective of American foreign policy. A peaceful resolution of the conflict will enhance our efforts to build a secure, stable, and more democratic Middle East, and in so doing, serve U.S. national security interests.
It is only right that the United States use all the resources at its disposal to help Israelis and Palestinians overcome the differences and fears that divide them in order to reach a settlement that will provide true security for Israel, help the Palestinians to achieve their own democratic state and lead to peace and prosperity for all the peoples of the region.
Although details can only be agreed through negotiations by the two sides, the basic elements of settlement are both achievable and clear: a two-state solution, rigorous security guarantees and the protection of human rights and access to holy sites.
We urge you to mobilize international support for that goal and to pursue progress with determination, fairness and creativity until success is achieved. We fully understand the potential obstacles ahead. We also understand the consequences of failure. Failure must not be an option. You have our strong support to stay the course.