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.