The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict is quickly approaching its one hundredth year. It is a conflict of both regional and international importance involving Israel, the Palestinians, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, the United States, the nations of the Arabian Peninsula, and the European Union. A just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would not only serve the cause of peace and justice in the Holy Land but also promote peace in the broader Middle East region in general.
Learn more about the importance of peacebuilding in Israel/Palestine.
One of the many problems with President Trump’s plan is that it seems to say A, when it means B, yet will be used for C. In almost all cases, A sounds good for Palestinians or conforms with past Peace Process ideas. What the wording actually means, B, is instead a radical departure that will hurt Palestinians (and Israelis in the long run). And C, what is really happening, is in most cases a different unilateral Partial Annexation that the plan is designed to facilitate.
Learn more about the problems with the “peace” plan
Learn more about the importance of religious pluralism in Jerusalem.
Christianity’s 2000-year-old presence in the Middle East is very much in jeopardy. The last century has witnessed a frightening decline in the Christian population of the Middle East. In 1900, the 15.8 million Christians of the Ottoman Empire represented between 10 and 15 percent of the population of what is today Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Egypt. As of 2015, Christians comprise less than 5 percent of the population within that same region.
Learn more about the outlook of Christianity in the Middle East.