Senate letter presses Rice on Mideast


Two U.S. senators will urge Condoleezza Rice to press Arab nations to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are soliciting colleagues’ signatures for a letter to the U.S. secretary of state. The letter has the support of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

“Your ongoing efforts to work with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud are critical, but so is the support these efforts receive from those Arab countries,” the letter says.

It urges Rice to demand that Arab states take part in a November peace summit, recognize Israel, help fund Abbas, stop support for anti-Israel terrorism and incitement, end the Arab League boycott of Israel and pressure Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group, to recognize Israel and end its terrorism.

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