President George W. Bush The White House Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We are grateful to you for the strong backing that you have given to the State of Israel, especially in recent days. We have watched in horror as suicide bombers carry out their daily attacks, murdering innocent Israeli citizens and instilling fear and panic into the hearts of children. Your words of support for Israel's people as they attempt to combat this terror are deeply appreciated.
The American Jewish community very much shares your view that "Arafat can do a lot more to prevent attacks." We applaud as well your efforts to bring an end to the violence and to encourage negotiations that will lead to peace. I was pleased to hear that you have asked General Zinni to remain in the region. We know that American mediation will be crucial if terrorism is to be halted and a cease-fire implemented.
The Psalmist called upon us long ago to "seek peace and pursue it." Throughout its history the Jewish people has never wavered in its striving for peace. We will continue to work and pray for an end to terrorism and for a lasting peace in the Middle East.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie President Union of American Hebrew Congregations