From a statement released by the Sadat Peace Foundation in New York Jan. 1:

It is evident that the spectacle of American leaders publicly feuding with each other for ideological and political gains on whether to go to war at this time would play into the hands of Saddam Hussein. Saddam is counting on a hostile congressional debate to erode public support for the Bush administration's resolve to liberate Kuwait in short order.

The U.S. Congress must consider the danger that a hostile congressional debate would send a double message to Arab masses, which in turn would jeopardize the moderate Arab leaders who have joined the coalition that backed the U.S. stance in Saudi Arabia, organized by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. ...

The resolution of the Persian Gulf crisis will focus attention more closely than ever on the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is also a fundamental cause of instability in the region. In the event that war proves inevitable, then a decisive victory for America would create new opportunities for peace in the Middle East. ... During the debate on the question of war, it is incumbent upon Congress and the Bush administration to begin to bridge their differences on their respective approaches to bring peace to the Arab-Israeli conflict, so that the United States can swiftly move forward with a peace initiative that would engage the moderate Arab and Israeli leaders in a direct dialogue for the first time since Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords in 1979.

The Sadat Peace Foundation urges Congress to make every effort to continue the Arab-Israeli dialogue by requesting guarantees from moderate Arab and Israeli leaders to unconditionally agree to sit down at the negotiating table following the liberation of Kuwait.