Conference Tomorrow *
Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman of the United States House
Committee on Foreign Affairs, has called for a hearing for Wednesday
afternoon at 2:30pm on *"After Annapolis: Next Steps in the Middle East
Peace Process." * Rep. Lantos has represented California's 12^th
district since 1981. During this time, he has been a strong advocate of
Israel in the House of Representatives and an ally of AIPAC, as well as
sponsor of the war in Iraq.
This biased hearing will feature two witnesses: *Dennis Ross* of the
Washington Institute for Near East Policy and *David Wurmser* of Delphi
Global Analysis Group.
For more than twelve years, Dennis Ross played a leading role in shaping
American involvement in the Middle East peace process. He was
responsible for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations during both George H.W.
Bush and Clinton administrations. Currently, Ross is counselor of the
Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the research arm of
AIPAC. Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer named Dennis Ross as
a member of the Israel Lobby in their recent book, /The Israel Lobby and
US Foreign Policy/.
David Wurmser has previously served as the Middle East advisor to Vice
President Dick Cheney and was a former research fellow on the Middle
East at the American Enterprise Institute. Many credit Wurmser, a
neoconservative, as being one of the main authors of the 1996 report /A
Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm/, which was prepared
for then incoming Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. A pro-Israel
ideologue, Wurmser has advocated war with Iran and US interference in
Syria - Lebanese relations. His wife, Meyrav Wurmser, is the director of
the Center for Middle East Policy at the neoconservative-aligned Hudson
_This absurd witness list shows that Congressman Lantos is not capable
of exercising his duties as Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs in a responsible manner. _Dennis Ross and David Wurmser should
not be dictating the next steps for the peace process, please help us
bring about change on Capitol Hill today!
*TAKE ACTION*: Pick up the phone and call Rep. Lantos today at
*202-225-3531* and demand that he add to the witness list a
representative of an organization that is unbiased, or at least not
pro-Israeli. Eugene Bird, president of CNI, has formally asked that two
members of the recent delegation to the Middle East, Ambassador Robert
Keeley and Richard Bliss, be added to the witness list today. If Rep.
Lantos is unwilling to provide the Committee on Foreign Affairs with
impartial experts, the least he can do is balance his partiality with
witnesses who have recently traveled to the region and can testify as to
the realities on the ground.
The delegation from the Council for the National Interest Foundation
recently completed a five-nation trip to the Middle East in exercise of
"citizen" diplomacy. Along with peace activists and non-governmental
organizations, the delegation met with high-ranking officials in Israel,
Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon to discuss the implications of the
_Don't let Congressman Lantos get away with another biased hearing_.
*Take action today!*
Call his office today at 202-225-3531 and inform him that these biased
hearings on the Hill will no longer be tolerated. Please suggest that he
counterbalance the witness list with members of the CNI Foundation
delegation. *Your phone calls will make a difference!*
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