Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu

This week, Israel Policy Forum (IPF) delivered the following letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu urging him to work with President Obama to take steps to advance a two-state solution. The letter was signed by over 100 prominent American Jewish philanthropists, businesspeople and community leaders. See the full letter and list of signatories after the jump.

By Julianna Storch

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,

As Americans deeply committed to Israel’s security, we were heartened by President Obama’s recent historic visit and his unequivocal assertion that “so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo le-vad.”  We also are encouraged by the rapprochement with Turkey, which was achieved in great measure due to your leadership.

We believe that this is a compelling moment for you and your new government to respond to President Obama’s call for peace by taking concrete confidence building steps designed to demonstrate Israel’s commitment to a ‘two-states for two peoples’ solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  We urge you, in particular, to work closely with Secretary of State John Kerry to devise pragmatic initiatives, consistent with Israel’s security needs, which would represent Israel’s readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace.

Your leadership would challenge Palestinian leaders to take similarly constructive steps, including, most importantly, a prompt return to the negotiating table.

We join with President Obama in expressing our steadfast support for your efforts to ensure Israel’s future as the secure and democratic nation state of the Jewish people.


S. Daniel Abraham

Hon. Gary Ackerman

James B. Adler

James N. Adler

Karen R. Adler

Michael M. Adler

Harold E. Akselrad

David Avital

Rabbi Andy Bachman

Robert A. Belfer

Jack C. Bendheim

Karyn Bendit

Michael Berenbaum

Howard M. Bernstein

Robert Bildner

Edward Blank

Herb Blecker

Charles R. Bronfman

Rabbi Sharon Brous

S. Nicholas Bunzl

Steven M. Cohen

Lester Crown

Thomas A. Dine

Rabbi Denise L. Eger

Rabbi David Ellenson

Rabbi Jacqueline Koch-Ellenson

Warren Eisenberg

Edith Everett

Irwin S. Field

Susie Gelman

Stanley P. Gold

E. Robert Goodkind

Robert Gordon

Fredric H. Gould

Lawrence C. Gottlieb

Stephen Greenberg

Laurence Greenwald

Jeffrey R. Gural

David A. Halperin

Harold R. Handler

Sylvia Hassenfeld

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Peter A. Joseph

Nancy K. Kaufman

Peter S. Kolevzon

Robert Kully

Yehuda Kurtzer

Burton Lehman

Marvin Lender

Marion Lev Cohen

Bruce Levenson

Jacqueline Levine

Hon. Mel Levine

Risa A. Levine

Rabbi Robert Levine

Rabbi Joy Levitt

John Levy

Morris S. Levy

Geoffrey H. Lewis

Robert K. Lifton

Deborah Lipstadt

Jonathan Lopatin

Daniel Lubetzky

Theodore R. Mann

Mike Medavoy

Donald Meltzer

Harriet Mouchly-Weiss

Burt Neuborne

Alan J. Patricof

Richard Pearlstone

Debra Pell

Bernard M. Plum

Julie Ratner, Ed.D

Marcia Riklis

Stephen Robert

Edward B. Robin

Daniel Rose

Terry Rosenberg

Henry Rosovsky

Lawrence Ruben

Lenore Ruben

Ted Ruthizer

David Sable

Rabbi David Saperstein

Daniel Schwartz

Jeffrey E. Schwarz

William J. Schwartz

Chris Silbermann

Jeffrey R. Solomon

Joan Spero

Elisa Spungen Bildner

Marc R. Stanley

Jeffrey M. Stern

Judith Stern Peck

Joel D. Tauber

Roger Tilles

Bob Unger

Jeane Ungerleider

Samuel E. Vichness

James E. Walker

Melvyn I. Weiss

Robert Weiss

Martin J. Whitman

Musa Yenni

Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Michael D. Young

Hon. Dov S. Zakheim

Larry Zicklin

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