In my recent post, praising the Israel Policy Forum full page ad in the N.Y. Times encouraging President Obama to be direct and forthright during his meeting with Bibi Netanyahu, I neglected an initiative by Brit Tzedek. It is a major petition campaign seeking 15,000 individuals to sign a statement demanding progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and encouraging the president to stand firm on this matter.
If you followed the results of today’s White House meeting, it’s clear that this will be a protracted struggle to bring the Israeli government to heel (along with the Palestinians). Bibi will, like his political mentor, Yitzchak Shamir, drag this out ten years if given half a chance. We must deny him that chance and support Pres. Obama in his efforts to energize the peace process, even if it means holding Bibi Netanyahu’s feet to the fire.