(1) Please Tell U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro to Retract and Apologize for His Outrageous, Insensitive False Statements Maligning and Delegitimizing Israel,while ignoring Abbas’ Palestinian Authority’s true anti-Israel,anti-peace,pro-terror actions.
(2) Please Ask Secretary of State John Kerry to Publicly Reject Amb. Shapiro’s Remarks, Demand a Retraction and apology From Amb. Shapiro
(3) Please Thank Congressman House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-Illinois) for his Eloquent Letter Condemning Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks
January 21, 2016
Dear ZOA Friends:
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro lambasted Israel at a conference in Tel Aviv, questioning Israel’s peaceful “intentions,” condemning “settlement growth” (which is in fact virtually non-existent and is not the cause of the lack of peace) and falsely claiming that Israel has a double standard with “too many attacks on Palestinians” and unchecked “vigilantism.”
Ambassador Shapiro stated: “We are concerned and perplexed by Israel’s strategy on settlements. . . . continued settlement growth raises honest questions about Israel’s long-term intentions. . . . Israel must develop stronger, more credible responses to questions about the rule of law in the West Bank…too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli authorities; too much vigilantism goes unchecked; and at times there seem to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law: one for Israelis and another for Palestinians.”
Please help us make sure that Ambassador Shapiro hears from American Jews and Zionists of all faiths who love and care about Israel.
Ambassador Shapiro’s false allegations maligning Israel have led to the following:
As Ambassador Shapiro was wrongly castigating Israel on the world stage, Palestiniain leaders were unabashedly praising Dafna’s killers and further inciting Palestinians to continue the “Intifada of Knives.” Perpetuating falsities and placing undue and disproportionate blame on Israel for the stalled peace process is a harmful distraction from ongoing Palestinian terrorist attacks, which, ultimately, make peace harder to achieve.
At their most basic level, the ambassador’s comments are inaccurate. Since its founding, Israel has consistently agreed to painful concessions in the name of peace, only to be met with swift rebuke from Palestinian and Arab leadership. [See Congresman Roskam’s letter here for a list of Israeli concessions, which were met with Arab terror attacks.]
Please help us make sure that Ambassador Shapiro hears from American Jews and Zionists of all faiths who love and care about Israel. Please tell the Ambassador that his remarks were unacceptable, insensitive and false, on his facebook and twitter pages. A sample letter is below.
Ambassador Shapiro’s Facebook Contact Page:https://www.facebook.com/AmbassadorDanShapiro/
Ambassador Shapiro’s Twitter Contact Page:https://twitter.com/AmbShapiro
Ambassador Shapiro’s U.S. Embassy Page: http://israel.usembassy.gov/ambpage.html
Please Also Ask Secretary of State John Kerry to Publicly Reject Amb. Shapiro’s Remarks, Demand a Retraction and apology From Amb. Shapiro
Letters can be addressed to:
The Honorable John KerryUnited States Secretary of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington D.C., 20520
Please Also Thank Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Illinois) for his Eloquent Letter Condemning Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks:
Congressman Peter J. Roskam’s Twitter Page:
Please also send a copy of your letter, posting or tweet and any response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Dear Ambassador Shapiro:
Your comments on the same day as the burial of an Israeli mother of six children, who was murdered by a Palestinian Arab terrorist, and the stabbing of a pregnant Israeli woman by another Palestinian Arab terrorist were insensitive and wrong.
“Settlements” are not an obstacle to peace. The Arab war against Israel existed long before any settlements were built. The settlements comprise only 2% of Judea/Samaria, and the little new building being done are within the boundaries of the existing Jewish communities in historic Jewish land that will remain part of Israel under any conceivable final peace agreement.
In fact, the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership is solely to blame for the lack of peace. Palestinian Arabs have persistently refused to accept any final peace agreement (including over-generous agreements offered to them in 1937, 1947, 2000, 2001, 2008, and 2015) that calls for the Arabs to relinquish their claims to destroy all of Israel. Instead of negotiating, the PA continues to incite deadly attacks on innocent Jews.