OUR STATEMENT 

WE come together as partners for peace in our communities on behalf of reconciliation and peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.  

 

WE speak out in our pastoral voices from the shared values that animate our support for Israelis and Palestinians to fulfill their national aspirations in peace.  

 

WE build our partnership on the firm foundation of decades of dialogue. Our partnership is also born of our desire, as neighbors and faith leaders, to model positive and productive ways to approach conversation about the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict by fostering hope and supporting those who work towards reconciliation.

WE recognize with profound pain the suffering that continues on both sides. We have precious bonds with Israelis and Palestinians and we hear their voices.  Each and every human being is created in the divine image. When one person suffers, we all suffer.  

WE recognize that there are multiple narratives in the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We commit to hear narratives that are not our own, and to engage in and encourage deep listening. We are open to challenging long-held assumptions.   

 

We commit to using our pastoral roles to help our congregations and communities learn about the land, its history, and its peoples.

WE commit to genuine dialogue in which we listen and learn.  

WE commit to travel together to the region so that we may experience the land for ourselves and engage in direct conversation with Palestinians and Israelis.  

WE commit to learning and teaching in a way that deepens mutual understanding and trust. In this way, we will be best prepared for hard conversations about the painful concessions that may ultimately be needed for the national aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians to be realized in peace.   

WE commit to being advocates for a peaceful solution that allows Israelis and Palestinians to live out their national aspirations in peace and security.

WE support a vibrant U.S. role in helping bring the parties together. With humility about our role as peacemakers, we recognize that peace can only come from the parties themselves in a negotiated settlement that will address complex issues of security, borders, settlements, refugees, water rights, and the status of Jerusalem.  

WE are encouraged by Israelis and Palestinians who are engaged in genuine dialogue and whose work for reconciliation, builds the foundation on which a lasting peace will depend.

WE prayerfully seek to build bridges in our communities and to support broad, public interreligious cooperation and action for peace.