Churches for Middle East Peace works to encourage US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. CMEP believes in the need for a resolution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine that will take into consideration the security, human rights, and equality of both Israelis and Palestinians. CMEP strongly opposes anti-Semitism, anti-Christian, and anti-Islamic actions and all other forms of racism or bigotry in rhetoric or actions that dehumanize, stereotype, or incite distrust or violence toward anyone. As a Christian organization, CMEP is also concerned with the sustainability of the historic Christian community throughout the Middle East and advocates for the the protection of religious freedom for all. You can learn about holistic perspectives on the conflicts in the Middle East by visiting the pages below. Please check back periodically as we continue to make updates.


Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

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.

The Trump 2020 “Vision” Plan

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


Sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, the status of Jerusalem must be resolved in a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, assuring access to the Holy Sites for all three faiths according to the historic Status Quo.
Learn more about the importance of religious pluralism in Jerusalem.

 Sustainability of Christian Communities in the Middle East 

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.