The Global Campaign for Middle East Peace is a multicultural, interfaith organization, launching an international campaign for peace in the Middle East with a primary focus on resolving the tragic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians: Statement of Purpose | Policy Principles | Goals and Objectives

Dear Mr. President:

We write in the wake of historic events in the Middle East over the past month, recognizing that these are critical times for the people of the Arab world, for us as Americans, and for our ally Israel.

We support your effort to shape American policy in the region in ways that promote democracy, more open societies, strong economies and lasting security – all of which are essential to the long-term interests of the United States, Israel, and the people of the Middle East. The United States, as the global champion of democracy and freedom, must stand with people across the region who are advocating peacefully for their rights and freedoms and to improve their lives.

In this context, we support your administration’s efforts to prevent reductions in foreign aid that advance U.S. interests in the Middle East and to forestall efforts to separate aid to Israel from other assistance. We are committed to working in Congress toward continuing this important aid and appreciate your support for these efforts. We also write to express our support for your administration’s active promotion of a stable and secure future for the region, in part by continuing to work with the parties and other regional actors toward a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We also strongly support your budget request providing $3.075 billion in assistance to Israel as agreed upon in the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between Israel and the United States. Israel faces very real challenges to its security, and reducing or otherwise endangering aid to Israel by removing it from the broader foreign aid package would be unproductive. At the exact moment Israel is being asked to take significant steps for peace, Israelis should know that the United States remains fully committed to their security.

We also encourage consistent aid to the Palestinian Authority. Your request for continued strong funding to strengthen institution and state-building efforts in the West Bank, to grow the economy, meet basic needs, and reduce the risk of terror aimed at Israel will greatly benefit the peace process. Moreover, a viable and stable PA is essential to achieving a negotiated, peaceful solution with Israel.

This moment in the Middle East represents an important opportunity to reaffirm the United States’ leadership, vital to achieving a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that establishes two states for two people living side by side in peace and security. We offer our support for your efforts to make a better future in the Middle East a reality.

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This is a time when people make resolutions for the coming year. The Middle East is the home to the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All three trace their roots back to Abraham and believe in charity, respect, and empathy. Unfortunately, the Middle East has been scarred by violence, war, and greed, and compassion and tolerance are in short supply.

Now is the time to make choices for the New Year. The Global Campaign for Middle East Peace declares 2011 the year for Middle East Peace. We are working in the US Congress and in the business and interfaith communities in Washington DC, Israel, and the West Bank. We are individuals from all walks of life and different faiths that have come together to make a difference for the people in the Middle East so that they all have peace, education, health-care, income, and justice. We are committed to taking action that will empower the people of the region to transform their environment such that Israel and Palestine are living side by side in peace, security and prosperity. We call upon you to register your resolutions with us at www.MiddleEastPeaceCampaign.org and make peace and security a reality in 2011.

Walter Fauntroy, President, Global Campaign for Middle East Peace
Harriet Fulbright, Chairman, Global Campaign for Middle East Peace

The Reverend Walter Fauntroy worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights movement; was the District of Columbia’s delegate to Congress in 1961, and was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Harriet Fulbright was the Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities from 1997 to 2000 and served as “Unofficial Ambassador” for the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. She and her late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright, shared a dedication to the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts throughout the world.

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