The following is the text of a letter from Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, addressed to ATFP President Ziad J. Asali on the occasion of the Fourth Annual ATFP Gala, Oct. 15, 2009.
October 15, 2009
Ziad J. Asali
American Task Force on Palestine
c/o The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
1150 22nd Street., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
I want to congratulate you on the occasion of your fourth Annual ATFP Gala, which has become a very significant event on the Washington policy calendar. I am honored to serve on your Host Committee, and I very much regret that I am unable to join you this evening.
I want you to know how much I, as Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, value my association with you and your colleagues at ATFP. Your integrity, your knowledge of the issues, and your unswervingly principled stand on behalf of peace and fairness -- as well as your deep commitment both to the land of your birth, Palestine, and your adopted homeland, America -- have all had a powerfully positive impact on discourse in Washington about the Middle East. You and your colleagues have also been an important influence on my own thinking about Middle East peacemaking and that of many of my colleagues in the Congress.
I wish you all the best tonight and in your future endeavors. Keep up your excellent work!