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From: MElsant@aol.com
Date: Thu 5 Sep 2002
Subject: VIPAC News Alert--Presidents listen to American supporters of Israel!

Dear VIPAC member!

We have been questioned over the years as to how we know that grassroots
campaigns like VIPAC can be effective in helping Israel. After all we can
only mobilize ordinary citizens to express their support for Israel to their
elected leaders in Washington. We have no celebrities or powerful
individuals among our ranks--just thousands of ordinary citizens emailing and
faxing and phoning Washington politicians urging more support for Israel.
Can it really make a difference?

It sure can and if you don't believe me take a look at Thomas Friedman's
column "9/11 Lesson Plan" in the September 4 edition of the New York Times.
Friedman is a relentless enemy of Israel but he is very smart and knows that
every once in a while he has to say something true about Israel to give his
venomous anti-Israel tirades a false veneer of credibility. One grain of
truth in his recent column is the following statement: "Because our
presidents want to get votes they readily tell the Palestinians how
foolishly they are behaving but they hesitate to tell Israelis."

Friedman enemy of Israel that he is nonetheless reluctantly concedes that
the votes and opinions of ordinary citizens just like you and me who have
organized and mobilized themselves to express their passionate support for
Israel have in fact had an impact on presidential policies that Friedman
finds abhorrent. Much to Friedman's chagrin he has to admit that democracy
works and that we ordinary citizens and voters do have the ability to get our
elected officials to support Israel in a fashion that bothers Friedman
mightily.

We should not ignore this. On the contrary we should be encouraged by it to
redouble our efforts and encourage all our friends and acquaintances to
intensify their efforts to lobby our elected leaders on behalf of Israel. We
have already made a positive difference with our efforts to date. And as our
numbers grow and as we continue to work together without let up we can--with
G-d's help--make an even greater difference to help Israel in the crucial
days ahead.

Shana Tova Martin Elsant Co-Chair Virtual Israel Political Action Committee
(www.vipac.org)

P.S. And by the way thanks for the very many warm and beautiful Rosh
Hashanah wishes so many of you expressed to our entire VIPAC staff.

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Dear VIPAC member!



We have been questioned over the years as to how we know that grassroots campaigns like VIPAC can be effective in helping Israel.  After all we can only mobilize ordinary citizens to express their support for Israel to their elected leaders in Washington.  We have no celebrities or powerful individuals among our ranks--just thousands of ordinary citizens emailing and faxing and phoning Washington politicians urging more support for Israel.  Can it really make a difference?



It sure can and if you don't believe me take a look at Thomas Friedman's column "9/11 Lesson Plan" in the September 4 edition of the New York Times.  Friedman is a relentless enemy of Israel but he is very smart and knows that every once in a while he has to say something true about Israel to give his venomous anti-Israel tirades a false veneer of credibility.  One grain of truth in his recent column is the following statement: "Because our presidents want to get votes they readily tell the Palestinians how foolishly they are behaving but they hesitate to tell Israelis."



Friedman enemy of Israel that he is nonetheless reluctantly concedes that the votes and opinions of ordinary citizens just like you and me who have organized and mobilized themselves to express their passionate support for Israel have in fact had an impact on presidential policies that Friedman finds abhorrent.  Much to Friedman's chagrin he has to admit that democracy works and that we ordinary citizens and voters do have the ability to get our elected officials to support Israel in a fashion that bothers Friedman mightily.



We should not ignore this.  On the contrary we should be encouraged by it to redouble our efforts and encourage all our friends and acquaintances to intensify their efforts to lobby our elected leaders on behalf of Israel. We have already made a positive difference with our efforts to date.  And as our numbers grow and as we continue to work together without let up we can--with G-d's help--make an even greater difference to help Israel in the crucial days ahead.



Shana Tova Martin Elsant Co-Chair Virtual Israel Political Action Committee (www.vipac.org)



P.S. And by the way thanks for the very many warm and beautiful Rosh Hashanah wishes so many of you expressed to our entire VIPAC staff.


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