Washington, DC - Americans for Peace Now (APN) today warmly welcomed President Obama's plans to visit Israel in the spring, and called on the President to use his leadership skills and his gravitas to re-accredit America's leadership role in pursuing Mideast peace and his administration's commitment to saving the two-state solution.
(Picture: Then candidate Obama at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in 2008)
APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee said: "Upon his swearing in for a second term in office, we called on President Obama to travel to Israel promptly to re-launch peace efforts. We are delighted that he has decided to do just that and without delay."
"The President has proven his remarkable ability to connect with people. On his visit, President Obama will have the opportunity to directly address the people of Israel and lay out a compassionate, pragmatic vision for a future Israel that enjoys security and peace, and that is a respected member of the community of nations. We are confident in his ability to win over Israelis' hearts and minds."
"President Obama should reassure Israelis that his administration will back his vision of a future secure and peaceful Israel with resolute leadership and concrete actions. He should make clear that peace between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors, as well as regional peace, are key US national security interests. He should set the table for a resumption of credible, serious peace talks as soon as possible, making clear that he and his administration are fully invested in the issue and that Secretary Kerry has the backing of the President moving forward."
"We are delighted that the President has chosen this auspicious moment to visit Israel. We will be gratified to see him use this opportunity to the fullest to advance the peace and security that Israelis and Palestinians yearn for and deserve."
APN's January 21 letter to President Obama is available here.