Faith leaders to Rice: Boost peace process

Interfaith team and State Department begin talks
A six-member interfaith team of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to increase U.S. involvement in the Israel-Palestine peace process at a meeting in Washington late last month.

The six represented the 35-member National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI), which formed in December of 2003.

Aside from restating hopes for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, one representative—Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—said a significant result of the meeting was that NILI members were invited into regular conversations with the State Department.

“This will allow us to hold each other accountable for taking steps toward achieving lasting and just peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Hanson said.


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