As Secretary of State John Kerry heads to the region in his ongoing efforts to re-launch Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Americans for Peace Now (APN) today called on the country's top diplomat to hold on to his sense of urgency and persevere.
APN also reiterated today its call on Jewish community leaders to publicly and vocally express support for Kerry's mission and to commit to help him secure the peace that Israelis and Palestinians want and deserve.
In a new document "APN's Top 10 Messages of encouragement to Secretary Kerry as he returns to the Middle East," APN reminds Kerry why his determination is vital for his mission to succeed and why his goal is attainable despite the cynics the skeptics and the naysayers on the Israeli side, the Palestinian side and here in America as well.
APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee said: "Unfortunately, there are many on both sides who are praying and even working actively for Secretary Kerry to fail. At such times, it is important to encourage the Secretary to keep his eye on the ball, to stay focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace, to believe in his ability to achieve this goal, to keep in mind that most Israelis and Americans support it, and to not be distracted by calls for interim arrangements or other ideas that are bound to result in reinforcing the status quo rather than in bringing change."
APN is the sister organization of Shalom Achshav, Israel's preeminent peace movement. APN's mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace, based on a two-state solution, guaranteeing both peoples security, and consistent with U.S. national interests.
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