D.C. JCRC urges peace action


The Washington JCRC urged constituents to back a U.S. Senate resolution backing a more assertive U.S. posture in bringing about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Jewish Community Relations Council for Greater Washington is backing a resolution by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) that “calls on President Bush to pursue a robust diplomatic effort to engage the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, begin negotiations, and make a 2-state settlement a top priority” and “urges President Bush to consider appointing as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace an individual who has held cabinet rank or someone equally qualified.”

Most pro-Israel groups have shied away from pressing the Bush administration to increase its peace-brokering profile; such appeals have come mostly from dovish groups like Americans for Peace Now.

The JCRC’s action alert Tuesday asked members to ” indicate your support for a two-state solution and a just and comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace” and “urge the Senate to support continued and robust U.S. diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a top priority for U.S policy.”

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