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Cardinal Dolan calls for ‘strong US leadership’ for Mideast peace

Catholic World News - January 11, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has joined Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, in calling for “strong US leadership that holds both parties accountable for building a just and lasting peace” between Israel and the Palestinians.

“Our nation has a special obligation to exercise vigorous leadership for Israeli-Palestinian peace,” the prelates said in a January 9 letter to President Barack Obama. “We affirm your support of the two-state solution, promise our support for strong US leadership for peace, and urge you even to consider appointing a high profile envoy in hopes that as in the past this might advance peace and justice in the region.”

“Tragically, actions by Palestinians and Israelis perpetuate an unsustainable status quo that is profoundly dangerous to both peoples and eventually the entire Middle East,” the prelates added. “As your administration has often pointed out, both sides are threatening the possibility of a two-state solution to the conflict—a secure and recognized Israel living in peace alongside a viable and independent Palestinian state.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jan. 12, 2013 1:58 AM ET USA

    Not only no but HHHH no. We should pledge support to Israel and tell the "Palestinians" to let them live in peace. Israel has been under attack from their neighbors since its creation. There are already three predominantly Muslim states in "Palestine". Israel is the only democracy whose people would be at peace if they would be left alone. Giving the "Palestinians" anything would simply be rewarding bad behavior.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jan. 11, 2013 9:38 PM ET USA

    Is there any expertise being brought to bear here? What's the point of this sounding off and coming up with the brilliant suggestion of the appointment of a "high profile envoy"? To do what?

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