Archive for July 2006

Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism

July 31, 2006

Jamie Levin, Executive Director of Ameinu, Urges Diplomatic Solution to Crisis

The Right of Self Defense

Israel is under assault. Katyushas raining down on her northern border have left half a million Israelis in bomb shelters; the whole northern economy is in peril, with crops rotting un-harvested and factories lying idle. In this scenario Israel certainly has the right to self defense.

While I support this right, and my heart goes out to Israelis languishing in the shelters, I am afraid that rights don’t necessarily translate into an effective campaign. Just because Israeli actions are defensive (read: justified) doesn’t make them appropriate; just because Israel is entitled to retaliate in the manner it has chosen doesn’t mean this campaign will be successful.

In fact, I think Israel’s Operation Just Reward, about to enter its third week, risks being a disaster of historic proportions for the Jewish State.

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CALME Luminaries – See Who’s Signed On

July 18, 2006

Hundreds of prominent Americans have signed on to the Campaign for American Leadership in the Middle East – former cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, senators, congressmen, governors and mayors; Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders; Fortune 500 CEOs and business executives; university presidents and Middle East scholars; retired generals and admirals; and philanthropic leaders and heads of non-profit organizations.

You can view the full list at www.mideastcalm.org.

Check back periodically for posts – dispatches from the region, opinion pieces, and discussion threads – from our distinguished luminary network.

CALME Welcome

July 17, 2006

Background:
The Campaign for American Leadership in the Middle East (CALME)—
http://www.mideastcalm.org—is a non-partisan, non-profit Internet initiative that gathers public support for U.S. efforts to achieve a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Campaign’s centerpiece is an open letter to the President that supports his vision of a two-state solution but also calls on the administration and Congress to turn that vision into reality by actively and steadfastly pursuing a peaceful settlement between Israelis and Palestinians.

What Makes CALME Unique:
What chiefly distinguishes CALME is the fact that it is a uniquely American initiative, as thousands of Americans from all 50 states are united in their support for CALME . These supporters understand that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long-fueled anti-Americanism and extremist violence and, therefore, firmly believe that a political solution is in the U.S. national security interests. In addition to such broad grassroots support, CALME has also garnered the backing of more than 200 American leaders from a wide variety of fields. Prominent supporters include former cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, senators, congressmen, governors and mayors; Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders; Fortune 500 CEOs and business executives; university presidents and Middle East scholars; retired generals and admirals; and philanthropic leaders and heads of non-profit organizations. The entire luminary list is available at the website: http://www.mideastcalm.org.

How CALME Can Make a Difference:
By emphasizing the U.S. national security incentives of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, CALME is uniquely qualified to offer the Administration and Congress the domestic political support required to work for a peaceful resolution. The high-level backing from American political, business, religious, military, academic, and philanthropic leaders, combined with mass popular support from thousands of Americans across the country, can serve as a significant incentive for U.S. policymakers to remain committed to active, sustained U.S. engagement. CALME , in short, sends a powerful message to the Administration and Congress that Americans from all walks of life are eager to see an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and are united in the belief that the United States should lead the way.