February 27, 2017
The Honorable Jeff Fortenbery
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Fortenbery:
On behalf of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), I am writing to thank you for introducing and express our support for the International Fund for Israeli Palestinian Peace Act to promote joint initiatives and cooperation between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.
American support for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians remains vital. A majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a path to peace but fear and mistrust are dividing these two peoples more than ever. In the absence of a political process the importance of laying the groundwork for a sustainable peace is more vital than ever. This Fund will play a critical role in advancing on-the-ground cooperation across political, religious and sectarian lines to promote trust among the two peoples that reconciliation is possible.
At a time when the challenge of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more polarizing than ever, I commend your bipartisan effort to put in place necessary building blocks for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.
The Anti-Defamation League stands ready to urge Members on both sides of the aisle to follow your lead.
Jonathan A. Greenblatt