CMEP urges support for US policy in Holy Land

The mainstream ecumenical group Churches for Middle East Peace  (CMEP) have voiced their support  for the Obama administration's efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians round the negotiating table.
In a message to their members today, they say: "This week the White House was inundated with emails from Christian Zionists after the Administration criticized Israel for announcing the approval of a plan to build 1,600 apartments in an east Jerusalem neighbourhood.

"As a CMEP supporter, you have a unique voice, one of moderation and compassion for the dignity of every human being. The White House and Congress need to hear from you so they know you appreciate their efforts to hold both sides accountable. Only a balanced approach will enable the US to guide both parties to peace.

"The need for the resumption of meaningful negotiations to achieve a resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is more urgent than ever. Just this week, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Petraeus said: "The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR (area of responsibility)? Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas."

"Tell your Representative that, as a Christian, you appreciate the Administration's efforts to encourage both parties to get serious about meaningful negotiations."

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