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Cardinal, other religious leaders meet with Clinton on Mideast peace

September 30, 2010

A group of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders-- including Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops-- met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor General James Jones on September 29 to encourage the Obama administration in its efforts to pursue peace in the Middle East.

The group, which backs a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, said in a statement:

With the support and engagement of the United States, earlier this month, direct negotiations resumed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority with the goal of reaching agreement within one year. It is imperative that the peace talks continue. While we have long supported a halt to all settlement expansion, we support the United States working with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas to reach a mutually acceptable agreement that will allow the negotiations to continue. We stand united in support of active, fair, and firm US leadership for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 01, 2010 12:04 AM ET USA

    Au contraire pwrosey2737! It is Israel that wants to drive the Palestinians into the sea. As far as Israel making all the concessions, you've got it all wrong. Just look at what a difficult time the Vatican has had these past 17 years trying to get Israel to finalize the conditions for the Vatican to give them diplomatic status. Israel got its diplomatic status and the Vatican has gotten delay after delay after delay all these years.

  • Posted by: Obregon - Sep. 30, 2010 10:52 PM ET USA

    I really believe Cardinal McCarrick, after all the damage he has done to the Church in this country, should just go away and take a vow of silence!

  • Posted by: impossible - Sep. 30, 2010 6:47 PM ET USA

    Contrary to the USCCB statement in the Middle East, the biggest obstacle to peace is the firm and ongoing position of Iran and Palestinian leaders that Israel has no right to statehood and should be driven into the sea. Short of that, history has proven that Israel's concessions are never enough. Pray we should. In fact history has proven that is all we can do and then leave it to the Will of God.

  • Posted by: impossible - Sep. 30, 2010 6:39 PM ET USA

    Old soldiers fade away. It's way past time for Cardinal McCarrick to do likewise. Perhaps he can get a direct position on the Democratic National Committee in exchange for his longstanding Party loyalty. Remember his outstanding Party service to the Party when he withheld Cardinal Ratzinger's actual words to the American Bishops about the morality of Catholic voting? He best hide around Thanksgiving Day time.