Can we talk?

This is the question being posed by “Let’s Talk,” a new campaign from Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) that is building support among American Jews to urge U.S. diplomatic engagement in Arab-Israeli peacemaking and changing the way American Jews talk and think about Israel.  “Let’s Talk” aims to encourage the Bush Administration to urgently promote and facilitate talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as Israel and Syria and Israel and Lebanon.  It also aims to reinvigorate dialogue and debate within the American Jewish community about a negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Please visit to sign their petition, check out their website, and learn more.

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4 Comments on “Can we talk?”

  1. Robert Gutman Says:

    Urging Israel to talk with an enemy that has sworn to kill it is not useful or safe. There is no precedent that such a thing has ever proven effective. The heartfelt desire of this and other organizations for an immediate peace is understandable. At the same time, it is potentially disruptive to a longer term peace. The underlying assumption that if only the Palestinians were “given” more that they would come to terms is belied by everything that has come before in this long struggle. Most recently, they have shown themselves more willing to attack, more willing to teach hatred, more willing to destroy their own possessions and people when Gaza was returned. Patience, dear friends, is a difficult but more endearing and enduring virtue.

    Robert Gutman


    The Land Must be Divided 50/50. There is plenty of land. Most of Israel is a desert that needs to be developed.


    The Saudi Plan is the best way to start the process. It is a framework and Not a Set plan.

  4. The most frightening thing in this world is people who are as UNinformed as Robert Gutman. As always the most UNinformed people are WHITE MEN. There have been five mass extinctions on this planet. A 1998 survey by the American Museum of Natural History found that 70% of biologists view the present era as part of a mass extinction event, possibly one of the fastest ever. Robert Gutman is hastening us to The End …

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