Religious leaders call upon Obama administration to take initiative on Mideast peace
CWN - January 28, 2013
Thirty Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders have called upon the Obama administration to take a “bold new initiative” for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
“We know the challenges are daunting, but we believe a bold new initiative for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement should be an immediate priority of the new administration in 2013,” said the signatories. “We fear the opportunity for a peaceful resolution is rapidly waning and the current stagnation encourages the rejectionists on both sides.”
“Our nation has unique leverage and credibility in the region. Indeed, no past progress towards peace has occurred in this conflict without US leadership, facilitation or staunch support,” the signatories continued. “Once again, we need active, fair and firm US leadership to help break the current deadlock and to achieve a two-state peace agreement now before it is too late.”
The three Catholic signatories were Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace; Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Archbishop of Washington.
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