Sunday, November 20, 2005

 

contact people and sample letters-Rafah Passage

FOLLOW-UP ON THE RAFAH PASSAGE ISSUE AND THE NEED FOR ACTION

Here are the people you are being asked to contact:
President Bush
The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1111
Fax: (202) 456 2461

Fax: (202) 456-2883

president@whitehouse.gov


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Sec. of State Rice

U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520
(202) 647 5291
Fax: (202) 647-6434
Fax: (202) 647-1533
secretary@state.gov
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Shaul MofazMinister of DefenseMinistry of Defense37 Kaplan StreetTel Aviv 61909

03-697-6663

fax 03-6976218

sar@mod.gov.il
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MK Yuval Steinitz
Knesset
Kiryat Ben-Gurion
Jerusalem 91950

02-675-3123 and 02-675-3658

Fax 02-675-3100

ysteinitz@knesset.gov.il
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And here are suggested letters (which retain the information but be changed somewhat):

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520

I was outraged at the way you coerced Israel into relinquishing control over security at the Rafah passage. Without question you knew that the Palestinian Authority does not honor agreements and protects terrorists – and yet you chose to proceed anyway.

Now, already, we have the direct evidence of the bad intentions of the Palestinian Authority. On November 17, an article about the agreement appeared on the website of the Palestinian National Authority’s International Press Center (http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=11835). In part it read:

“Meanwhile, the director of borders and crossings, Salim Abu Safiyyeh, asserted that there won't be any live video streams to the Israeli side via the surveillance cameras installed in Rafah terminal, pointing out that even the joint control room will not receive these live feeds, and will be only for the presence of the third party that will monitor the borders.”

This is in direct defiance of the agreement, which said that a liaison office, headed by the third party (the EU) would receive real time video and data feed from Rafah that the Israelis would have access to.

I hold you accountable for this deplorable situation, and I intend to publicize as widely as possible the evidence of what is going on. It must be stopped before terrible damage occurs.
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The Honorable George Bush
President of the United States
The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush,

I was outraged at the way Secretary of State Rice, acting on your behalf, coerced Israel into relinquishing control over security at the Rafah passage. Without question you knew that the Palestinian Authority does not honor agreements and protects terrorists – and yet you chose to proceed anyway.

Now, already, we have the direct evidence of the bad intentions of the Palestinian Authority. On November 17, an article about the agreement appeared on the website of the Palestinian National Authority’s International Press Center (http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=11835). In part it read:

“Meanwhile, the director of borders and crossings, Salim Abu Safiyyeh, asserted that there won't be any live video streams to the Israeli side via the surveillance cameras installed in Rafah terminal, pointing out that even the joint control room will not receive these live feeds, and will be only for the presence of the third party that will monitor the borders.”

This is in direct defiance of the agreement, which said that a liaison office, headed by the third party (the EU) would receive real time video and data feed from Rafah that the Israelis would have access to.

I hold you and your government accountable for this deplorable situation, and I intend to publicize as widely as possible the evidence of what is going on. It must be stopped before terrible damage occurs.


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US papers
To the Editor:

The deal coerced on Israel by Secretary of State Rice regarding arrangements at the Rafah passage between Egypt and Gaza is unacceptable because it deprives Israel of sufficient control regarding who would be allowed to pass. Control was put in the hands of the Palestinian Authority, but it is common knowledge that the PA protects terrorists and breaks agreements.

Already, we have direct evidence of the intentions of the PA. On November 17, an article about the agreement appeared on the website of the Palestinian National Authority’s International Press Center (http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=11835). In part it read:

“Meanwhile, the director of borders and crossings, Salim Abu Safiyyeh, asserted that there won't be any live video streams to the Israeli side via the surveillance cameras installed in Rafah terminal, pointing out that even the joint control room will not receive these live feeds, and will be only for the presence of the third party that will monitor the borders.”

This is in direct defiance of the agreement, which said that a liaison office, headed by the third party (the EU) would receive real time video and data feed from Rafah that the Israelis would have access to.

This situation cannot be tolerated! Our government is responsible and the deal must be stopped.
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Israeli papers
To the Editor:

Defense Minister Mofaz made a serious mistake in bowing to the pressure of Secretary of State Rice and agreeing to unsafe arrangements with the PA at the Rafah crossing. The PA protects terrorists and breaks agreements, and yet control was put in Palestinian hands.

We already have direct evidence of the bad intentions of the PA. On November 17, an article about the agreement appeared on the website of the Palestinian National Authority’s International Press Center (http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=11835). In part it read:

“Meanwhile, the director of borders and crossings, Salim Abu Safiyyeh, asserted that there won't be any live video streams to the Israeli side via the surveillance cameras installed in Rafah terminal, pointing out that even the joint control room will not receive these live feeds, and will be only for the presence of the third party that will monitor the borders.”

This is in direct defiance of the agreement, which said that a liaison office, headed by the third party (the EU) would receive real time video and data feed from Rafah that the Israelis would have access to.

It is not too late: This deal must be stopped. Every honorable member of the Knesset must stand up in opposition to it.
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Shaul Mofaz
Minister of Defense
Ministry of Defense
37 Kaplan StreetTel Aviv 61909

I was extremely upset that you agreed to the arrangements at Rafah that Secretary of State Rice pushed on you. It represents a danger to our country, for as we all know that the PA protects terrorists and breaks agreements.

Already, we have direct evidence of the intentions of the PA. On November 17, an article about the agreement appeared on the website of the Palestinian National Authority’s International Press Center (http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=11835). In part it read:

“Meanwhile, the director of borders and crossings, Salim Abu Safiyyeh, asserted that there won't be any live video streams to the Israeli side via the surveillance cameras installed in Rafah terminal, pointing out that even the joint control room will not receive these live feeds, and will be only for the presence of the third party that will monitor the borders.”

This is in direct defiance of the agreement, which said that a liaison office, headed by the third party (the EU) would receive real time video and data feed from Rafah that the Israelis would have access to. You even spoke to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee about our right to see the pictures.

This whole agreement must be stopped before it is too late and terrible damage is done.

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MK Yuval Steinitz
Chair, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
The Knesset
Kiryat Ben-Gurion Jerusalem 91950

Dear MK Steinitz,

You knew the dangers of having Egypt at the border between Gaza and the Sinai and spoke out about it. You, surely, were horrified at the deal struck on Rafah pushed on us by Secretary of State Rice and agreed to by Minister of Defense Mofaz. You know that it represents a danger to our country because the PA protects terrorists and breaks agreements.

Already, we have direct evidence of the intentions of the PA. On November 17, an article about the agreement appeared on the website of the Palestinian National Authority’s International Press Center (http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=11835). In part it read:

“Meanwhile, the director of borders and crossings, Salim Abu Safiyyeh, asserted that there won't be any live video streams to the Israeli side via the surveillance cameras installed in Rafah terminal, pointing out that even the joint control room will not receive these live feeds, and will be only for the presence of the third party that will monitor the borders.”

This is in direct defiance of the agreement, which said that a liaison office, headed by the third party (the EU) would receive real time video and data feed from Rafah that the Israelis would have access to. Minister Mofaz even spoke to your committee about our right to see the pictures.

This whole agreement must be stopped before it is too late and terrible damage is done. I call on you to do what is right for the nation and speak out strongly now.

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