April 25, 2003

TO: Churches for Middle East Peace Email Network
FROM: Corinne Whitlatch, CMEP Director
RE: Preparation for Road Map

The release of the Quartet's "Road Map to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" is anticipated soon.  CMEP is preparing letters to the key leaders and will be encouraging your advocacy at the appropriate time.

In the meantime, we offer some preparatory materials.

The December 20, 2002 draft of the roadmap is now posted on CMEP's website, www.cmep.org/documents/roadmap.htm .  This seven-page document is generally thought to be the final text, but there may be changes.

The road map includes UN Security Council Resolution 1397 along with 242 and 338 as a basis for a resolution of the conflict. CMEP urges your familiarity with Resolution 1397, which affirms the two-state solution. It is posted later in this note and is also on our website: www.cmep.org/documents/un1397.htm

You need to become familiar with the nature of Congressional opposition to the road map. A letter, also posted in this note, was recently sent to the President from 262 members of House of Representatives.  The intent of the letter is to make clear to the President that AIPAC will oppose, with the help of Congress, attempts to pressure Israel to comply with roadmap directives for Israel. (Other American-Jewish organizations -- Americans for Peace Now and the Israel Policy Forum -- worked to counter this letter.)

For-your-information, below  the lists of the 262 signers and 172 non-signers.
Jim Wetekam and I don't think it's advisable for constituents to do advocacy in response to this letter.  There are just too many reasons why members either sign or don't sign to chastise or thank them. It's best to reserve your advocacy until it can be most effective.

UN Resolution 1397 (2002)
March 12, 2002
By UN Security Council
Adopted by the Security Council at its 4489th meeting, on 12 March 2002

"The Security Council,
"Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions, in particular resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973),
"Affirming a vision of a region where two States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders,

"Expressing its grave concern at the continuation of the tragic and violent events that have taken place since September 2000, especially the recent attacks and the increased number of casualties,

"Stressing the need for all concerned to ensure the safety of civilians,

"Stressing also the need to respect the universally accepted norms of international humanitarian law,

"Welcoming and encouraging the diplomatic efforts of special envoys from the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the European Union and the United Nations Special Coordinator and others to bring about a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,

"Welcoming the contribution of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah,

"1. Demands immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction;
"2. Calls upon the Israeli and Palestinian sides and their leaders to cooperate in the implementation of the Tenet work plan and Mitchell Report recommendations with the aim of resuming negotiations on a political settlement;
"3. Expresses support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and others to assist the parties to halt the violence and to resume the peace process;
"4. Decides to remain seized of the matter."

Resolution 1397 (2002) was adopted by a vote of 14 in favor to none against with 1 abstention (Syria).

This was the cover letter that Representatives Lantos and Hyde sent to their colleagues which called for opposition to the road map.  The letter to the President follows this.


Dear Colleague,

On June 24, 2002, President Bush set out important criteria that must form the basis of any Middle East peace process.  These principles are:

Above all, Palestinian terror and violence must cease;

      A new Palestinian leadership - with real authority - needs to be established, free from the taint of terrorism and willing and able to dismantle the terrorist network;

There needs to be true accountability and transparency in Palestinian governance;

      And the Palestinian security apparatus must be overhauled so that it truly fights terrorism, rather than engages in it.

These principles are now more important than ever, since President Bush recently announced that a "roadmap" towards peace would be given to Israel and the Palestinians as soon as the new Palestinian prime minister is confirmed in office. Together, these four principles form the only sensible basis for moving ahead towards the President's stated goal of genuine peace. Without an end to violence, no peace is possible.
As co-authors of the attached letter to President Bush, we strongly urge you to join us in re-affirming our unshakable commitment to these principles.

If you'd like to sign this letter, please contact Carol Doherty (5-6735) in Mr. Lantos's office or Amy Serck (6-3960) in Mr. Hyde's office.

ROY BLUNT                    STENY H. HOYER
HENRY HYDE                 TOM LANTOS

The President
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On the eve of dramatic changes in the Middle East, we share with you the hope that new opportunities will develop in the region - opportunities for a more democratic and peaceful region with fewer direct threats to the United States and our interests. Recent political changes in the Palestinian Authority also should provide new opportunities to begin a meaningful negotiating process with Israel.

We applaud your willingness to request significant new assistance for Israel in your supplemental request, which will allow Israel to bear more easily some of the burdens of the current war to disarm and liberate Iraq.

We write to express our support for your efforts to resume peace negotiations based on the clear principles you outlined in your June 24th speech. Those principles should underline and guide any "roadmap" towards peace: above all, Palestinian terror and violence must cease;

* a new Palestinian leadership - with real authority - needs to be established, free from the taint of terrorism and willing and able to dismantle the terrorist etwork;

* there needs to be true accountability and transparency in Palestinian governance; and

* the Palestinian security apparatus must be overhauled so that it truly fights terrorism, rather than engages in it.

Only then can the Palestinian people begin to see some of their political aspirations realized and only then can we expect Israel to respond with concrete actions.

Many are urging you to short circuit this process and to focus on timelines in achieving the roadmap's benchmarks. We believe that you will not be dissuaded and will focus instead on real performance. Without a new, empowered Palestinian leadership that is firmly engaged in fighting terror, Israel has no one with whom to negotiate.

The United States has developed a level of credibility and trust with all parties in the region which no other country shares. We are concerned that certain nations or groups, if given a meaningful role in monitoring progress made on the ground, might only lessen the chances of moving forward on a realistic path towards peace.

In summary, Mr. President, we share your belief that real changes in the Palestinian leadership provide the possibility to explore once again opportunities to bring real peace to that troubled region of the world. We support your consistent effort to bring about such changes. Only by holding fast to those principles and working closely with the government of Israel and new leaders in the Palestinian Authority can we hope to end the 30 months of terror that have led to nothing but misery for both Palestinians and Israelis.


(lists of the signers, and non-signers, is an attachment to this email)

Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace is a Washington-based program of the American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Institutes, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Church World Service, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Mission Service, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Maryknoll Missioners, Mennonite Central Committee, National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.  For further information, see www.cmep.org.

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164. Dunn (R-WA)
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170. Foley (R-FL)
171. Forbes  (R-VA)
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174. Garrett (R-NJ)
175. Gibbons (R-NV)
176. Gingrey (R-GA)
177. Granger (R-TX)
178. Graves (R-MO)
179. Green (R-WI)
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182. Hayes (R-NC)
183. Hayworth (R-AZ)
184. Hensarling (R-TX)
185. Hoekstra (R-MI)
186. Hyde  (R-IL)
187. Isakson (R-GA)
188. Janklow  (R-SD)
189. Johnson (R-TX)
190. Johnson  (R-IL)
191. Keller (R-FL)
192. Kelly  (R-NY)
193. Kennedy  (R-MN)
194. King (R-NY)
195. King (R-IA)
196. Kingston (R-GA)
197. Kirk (R-IL)
198. Kline (R-MN)
199. Latham (R-IA)
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201. Linder (R-GA)
202. LoBiondo (R-NJ)
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204. Manzullo (R-IL)
205. McCotter (R-MI)
206. McCrery (R-LA)
207. McHugh (R-NY)
208. McInnis (R-CO)
209. Miller  (R-MI)
210. Murphy (R-PA)
211. Musgrave   (R-CO)
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229. Reynolds (R-NY)
230. Rogers  (R-AL)
231. Rogers (R-MI)
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236. Schrock (R-VA)
237. Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
238. Sessions (R-TX)
239. Shadegg (R-AZ)
240. Shays (R-CT)
241. Shimkus   (R-IL)
242. Shuster (R-PA)
243. Simpson   (R-ID)
244. Smith  (R-NJ)
245. Smith (R-TX)
246. Souder (R-IN)
247. Stearns (R-FL)
248. Sullivan (R-OK)
249. Sweeney  (R-NY)
250. Tancredo  (R-CO)
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252. Terry (R-NE)
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254. Toomey  (R-PA)
255. Upton (R-MI)
256. Walden (R-OR)
257. Wamp (R-TN)
258. Weldon (R-PA)
259. Weldon  (R-FL)
260. Weller  (R-IL)
261. Wicker  (R-MS)
262. Wilson (R-VA)

R: 144
D: 118 (1 non-voting)

16 of 21 Freshman Democrats
29 of 32 Freshman Republicans
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3. Baird (D-WA)
4. Baldwin (D-WI)
5. Ballance (D-NC)
6. Becerra (D-CA)
7. Boucher (D-VA)
8. Brown, (D-OH)+
9. Capps (D-CA)
10. Capuano (D-MA)
11. Carson (D-IN)
12. Clay (D-MO)
13. Clyburn (D-SC)*
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17. Davis (D-CA)
18. DeFazio (D-OR)
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28. Grijalva (D-AZ)
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35. Jackon Jr. (D-IL)*
36. Johnson (D-TX)
37. Kanjorski (D-PA)
38. Kaptur (D-OH)*
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40. Kildee (D-MI)
41. Kilpatrick (D-MI)*
42. Kleczka (D-WI)
43. Kucinich (D-OH)
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45. Lee (D-TX)
46. Lynch (D-MA)
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48. McCarthy (D-MO)
49. McDermott (D-WA)
50. McGovern (D-MA)
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66. Price (D-NC)*
67. Rahall (D-WV)
68. Rangel (D-NY)
69. Roybal-Allard (D-CA)*
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71. Rush (D-IL
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73. Sabo (D-MN)*
74. Sanchez (D-CA)
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76. Scott (D-VA)
77. Serrano (D-NY)*
78. Slaughter (D-NY)
79. Snyder (D-AR)
80. Solis (D-CA)
81. Spratt (D-SC)
82. Stark (D-CA)
83. Stenholm (D-TX)
84. Tayloer (D-MS)
85. Thompson (D-MS)
86. Velazquez (D-NY)
87. Visclosky (D-IN)*
88. Waters (D-CA)
89. Watson (D-CA)+
90. Watt (D-NC)
91. Woolsey (D-CA)


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93. Bartlett (R-MD)
94. Barton (R-TX)
95. Bereuter (R-NE)+
96. Boehner (R-OH)
97. Burton (R-IN)+
98. Buyer (R-IN)
99. Collins (R- GA)
100. Combest (R-TX)
101. Cox (R-CA)
102. Davis (R-VA)+
103. Deal (R-GA)
104. Dreier (R-CA)
105. Duncan (R-TN)
106. Emerson (R-MO)*
107. Feeney (R-FL)
108. Fletcher (R-KY)
109. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)*
110. Gallegly (R-CA)+
111. Gerlach (R-PA)
112. Gilchrest (R-MD)
113. Gillmor (R-OH)
114. Goode (R-VA)*
115. Goodlatte (R-VA)
116. Goss (R-FL)
117. Gutknecht (R-MN)
118. Hart (R-PA)
119. Hastert (R-IL)
120. Hefley (R-CO)
121. Herger (R-CA)
122. Hobson (R-OH)*
123. Hostettler (R-IN)
124. Houghton (R-NY)+
125. Hulshof (R-MO)
126. Hunter (R-CA)
127. Issa (R-CA)
128. Istook (R-OK)*
129. Jenkins (R-TN)
130. Johnson (R-CT)
131. Jones (R-NC)
132. Knollenberg (R-MI)*
133. Kolbe (R-AZ)*
134. LaHood (R-IL)*
135. LaTourette (R-OH)
136. Lewis (R-CA)*
137. Lucas (R-OK)
138. McKeon (R-CA)
139. Mica (R-FL)
140. Miller (R-CA)
141. Miller (R-FL)
142. Moran (R-KS)
143. Myrick (R-NC)
144. Nethercutt (R-WA)*
145. Ney (R-OH)
146. Osborne (R-NE)
147. Oxley (R-OH)
148. Paul (R-TX)+
149. Petri (R-WI)
150. Pitts (R-PA)+
151. Portman (R-OH)
152. Pryce (R-OH)
153. Quinn (R-NY)
154. Regula (R-OH)*
155. Rogers (R-KY)*
156. Rohrabacher (R-CA)+
157. Royce (R-CA)+
158. Shaw (R-FL)
159. Sherwood (R-PA)*
160. Simmons (R-CT)
161. Smith (R-MI)+
162. Taylor (R-NC)*
163. Thomas (R-CA)
164. Thornberry (R-TX)
165. Tiahrt (R-KS)*
166. Turner (R-OH)
167. Vitter (R-LA)*
168. Walsh (R-NY)*
169. Whitfield (R-KY)
170. Young (R-FL)*
171. Wilson (R-NM)
172. Wolf (R-VA)*
173. Young (R-AK)

- 89 Democrats
- 82 Republicans
- 1 Independent

- Rep. Leadership: Hastert, Pryce, Cox
- Dem. Leadership: Spratt
- 13 of 20 committee chairs  (in bold)
- Agriculture
- Approps
- Education & Workforce,
- Fin Services
- Govt Reform
- House Admin
- Rules
- Standards of Conduct Transportation,
- Ways & Means
- Select Intell
- Homeland Security

- 12 of 20 Ranking members (in italics)
- Agriculture
- Approps
- Budget
- Education & Workforce
- Energy
- Fin Services
- Judiciary
- Resources
- Small Business
- Standards of Conduct
- Transportation
- Ways & Means
* Approps Committee

11 of 26 Republicans,
of which 3 are on the Middle East Subcommittee (Smith, Davis, Pitts)
6 of 22 voting Democrats
(of which 0 are on the Middle East Subcommittee)