WASHINGTON—In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, thirty-five Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious leaders agree that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. They believe, "based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security, a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict."
The letter includes the signatures of Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruses, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.
The statement by Christian, Jewish
and Muslim religious leaders points to the fact that, "despite deep distrust on
both sides, recent polls among Israelis and Palestinians show that the majority
still yearn for two states." The leaders believe, "pursing either side's
version of a one-state solution would likely lead to more years of violent conflict."
The leaders are encouraged that,
building on years of official and informal negotiations between Israelis and
Palestinians, "the basic parameters of a framework for a two-state solution are
widely known." And they say, "combined with a broader regional framework such
as the Arab Peace Initiative, the incentives for all sides to make the historic
decision for a two-state peace agreement are monumental."
They believe that "achieving a just
peace between Israel and the Palestinians would have substantial positive
effects for the people of Israel and Palestine, the region, the United States'
own interests, and our world." The religious leaders are united in pledging
their "support for US efforts to achieve this goal."