Washington, DC - APN today sent a letter to President Barack Obama congratulating him on his inauguration for a second term in office and urging him to act quickly, resolutely and decisively to save the two-state solution. APN President and CEO Debra DeLee commented:
Americans for Peace Now warmly congratulates President Obama on his swearing in for a second term in office as the president of the United States. As President Obama embarks on these next four years at the helm of our great country, he faces a Middle East that is in tumult, including a crisis on the Israeli-Palestinian front that demands urgent attention. The stalemate in negotiations, poisonous political trends, and concrete developments on the ground have combined to put the very viability of the two-state solution in question. Absent decisive action by the Obama Administration in the short-term, there is a very real chance that the two-state solution will be lost. Lost along with it will be the hopes for a peaceful, secure future for Israelis and Palestinians alike and the viability of Israel as a Jewish state and a democracy. Vital U.S. national security interests, in the region and beyond, will be endangered.
This is the reality that President Obama confronts at the start of his second term. It is a reality that cannot be ignored or avoided, and the situation cannot be "managed" until such time as circumstances for U.S. engagement appear more auspicious.
We urge President Obama to act resolutely and courageously at the outset of his second term - directly addressing the people of Israel, laying out his vision for a future Israel that enjoys peace and security, backing this vision with concrete actions and policies, and leveraging engagement by our allies in the region and friends of Israel around the world.
Full text of APN's letter to President Obama is available here