Some 25 Jewish organizations have agreed to sign an open letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in support of his Gaza disengagement plan that will be published in Sunday’s New York Times, according to Seymour Reich, who organized the coalition. The ad, which will coincide with Sharon’s visit to the United States, calls the Gaza plan "courageous" and "possibly the most difficult of your political career," while recognizing the pain of those who will be removed from their homes.
The organizations also pledge to increase support for the disengagement while promoting "a democratic Palestinian state fully at peace with Israel." Reich, president of the Israel Policy Forum, said signatories will include the American Jewish Congress, American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, the Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which declined to organize the ad, is sponsoring an event with Sharon on Sunday.