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Time running out on peace

Dear Editor:

At this time of year, I’m wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy new year.

I have just returned from 17 days spent in Israel participating in informative meetings with our peace partners. Now we are preparing to participate in the largest Israeli effort ever mounted to organize and coordinate the many activities and programs of Israeli peace organizations. We are committed to minimizing duplication of efforts and maximizing impact with dynamic public relations campaigns.

The Middle East Peace Dialogue Network is a founding member of a dedicated group of million-dollar donors, which include the legendary poet and performer Leonard Cohen, who are determined to move Israeli public opinion more actively toward a proactive insistence on peace now! By amassing a multimillion-dollar fund to be distributed to a diverse range of Israeli consultants, we are developing a collaborative and carefully orchestrated public relations strategy to leverage the effect of the fund as we strive to make peace an undeniably urgent political priority.

We continue to work with Israeli and Palestinian children as their understanding of and respect for the “other” develops through participation in peace related workshops. We also continue to support the work of the Geneva Initiative as it publicizes, both in Israel and throughout the world, the Regional Peace Plan’s proposal for peace with the Palestinians and the 22 Arab League Nations.

You can always read more about our work for Middle East Peace on our website at http://www.mepdn.org.

As you well know, I am always thinking about peace. So please consider this: If President Obama becomes a one-term president, as many believe he will, the window of opportunity for serious American involvement in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process has only two years left. If we do not embrace the window of opportunity now, the consequences could be disastrous. Iran could develop the atomic bomb and give it to terrorist groups to use against American and Israel.

If Israel gives up its occupation of 3.5 million Arabs in exchange for American and International guarantees for “security,” why would Iran make a move to destroy Israel and the U.S.? How would Iran benefit from such a clearly self-destructive act?

Peace is Israel’s best security and insures its economic future.

Richard C. Goodwin

Snowmass Village

Chair, board of trustees, Middle East Peace Dialogue Network Inc.

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