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May 20, 2003

Twenty-four leaders write to Bush against the Roadmp

Subsequent to the Zionist-Christian Summit in Washington, D.C., 17-18 May, 2003, twenty-four leader who participated sent the following letter to President Bush. The letter may be found on the site of American Values.



May 19, 2003

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We commend you on your courageous decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power and promote democratic institutions in the Middle East. Your leadership is providing a real opportunity to defeat terrorism and bring freedom and stability to a troubled region of the world.

It is for that very reason that we want to share with you our deep concerns about your well-intentioned road map leading to the creation of a Palestinian state. When you outlined the road map in your landmark speech of June 24, 2002 you laid down very clear “guide posts.” You called for a “new and different Palestinian leadership… not compromised by terror.” You called on that new leadership to wage a “sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure.” You made it clear there must be real action on these requirements, not just empty words.

Already those clear requirements are being undermined by the other members of the so-called “Quartet” – the European Union, the United Nations and Russia. You and the United States are being pressured to show we are “evenhanded” and are being urged to pressure Israel to make concessions if there is merely “progress” in these areas.

Mr. President, it would be morally reprehensible for the United States to be “evenhanded” between democratic Israel, a reliable friend and ally that shares our values, and the terrorist infested Palestinian infrastructure that refuses to accept the right of Israel to exist at all.

Americans were rightly shocked and horrified after September 11th, 2001 to see celebrations in the Palestinian neighborhoods expressing joy at the death of over 3,000 of our fellow citizens in New York, at the Pentagon and in the skies over Pennsylvania. Similar demonstrations broke out at the news of early U.S. military setbacks in the Iraq war and every terrorist bombing in Israel is also greeted with grotesque displays of glee. Unfortunately, public opinion polls show at least half of the Palestinian people support the current terrorist intifada against Israel. In view of this reality, the “road map” could lead to a disaster.

The way to guarantee that it doesn’t is to follow simple, but important, principles including:

1. There can be no viable peace unless Israel’s neighbors concede its right to exist..

2. The Palestinian leadership must end the propaganda that permeates schools, cultural institutions and government owned media, that teaches Nazi inspired hatred of Jews and incitements to violence.

3. Terrorism against Israel sponsored by Syria and Iran and carried out by Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, the Al Aqsa Brigades and other terrorist groups must stop and the terrorist infrastructure must be dismantled.

4. Israel has a right to defend itself when attacked and should not be pressured by the United States, the United Nations or anyone else to be passive in the face of attacks on its citizens.

5. There is no moral equivalency between the free nation of Israel that believes in the consent of the governed and individual human dignity and the terrorist thugs that celebrate the deaths of innocent Israelis and Americans.

Mr. President we hope and trust that in the tough months of negotiations ahead you will adhere to these principles, which you have embraced before. We look forward to working with you to insure that there is a just peace in the Middle East that recognizes democratic Israel’s right to exist free from terrorism and for all people of good will in the region to raise their children in peace and security.

Gary L. Bauer
American Values

Frank Eiklor
Shalom International

James M. Hutchens
Christian Friends of Israel

Marlin Maddoux
USA Radio Network

Dr. Adrian Rogers
Belleview Baptist Church

Jerry Falwell
Liberty University

Dr. D. James Kennedy
Coral Ridge Ministries

Ed McAteer
Religious Roundtable

Rev. Lou Sheldon
Traditional Values Coalition

Joseph Farah

Dr. Richard Land
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Elwood McQuaid
Friends of Israel

William E. Sutter
Executive Director
Friends of Israel

Janet Folger

Ester Levens
CEO and Founder
National Unity Coalition For Israel

Rev. George Morrison
Senior Pastor
Faith Bible Chapel International

Paul Weyrich
Chairman and CEO
Free Congress Foundation

Rev. John Hagee
Hagee Ministries

David A. Lewis
President Christians
United For Israel

William Murray
Religious Freedom Coalition

Herbert Zweibon
Americans For a Safe Israel

Richard A. Hellman
The Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign

Michael Little
The Christian Broadcasting Network

Janet Parshall
Nationally Syndicated Talk-Show Host