71 Senators Ask Obama to Lean on Arab States

[The Hill] J. Taylor Rushing - 71 senators including senior leaders from both parties sent a letter to President Obama on Monday to press Arab states to recommit to peace with Israel. We "agree with you and Secretary Clinton that Arab states must do more to end their isolation of Israel," the senators wrote. The letter asks Obama to encourage the Arab League to end its boycott of Israel, establish normal relations, and cease propaganda campaigns that "demonize" Israel. "Such gestures would send a powerful signal that Arab nations are committed to the peace process and could help usher in a new era of peace and security in the Middle East." The effort, led by Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), was supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. A similar, bipartisan letter was sent by 226 House members last week to Saudi Arabia, calling on that country's leaders to deepen their commitment to peace with Israel.

2009-08-11 06:00:00

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