JPANet: Urge President Obama to support just & lasting peace in Israel/Palestine
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in a November 28 New York Times editorial, urged the Obama administration before its term expires “to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership.”
Time is short to achieve a two-state solution, which has long been the basis of the UCC’s General Synod resolutions and official U.S. policy.
The unrestrained growth in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, which many believe will likely increase under the new U.S. administration means, according to President Carter, that “[t]his is the best — now, perhaps, the only — means of countering the one-state reality that Israel is imposing on itself and the Palestinian people. Recognition of Palestine and a new Security Council resolution are not radical new measures, but a natural outgrowth of America’s support for a two-state solution.”
Urge President Obama to support Palestine at the UN and take firm action to stop Israeli settlements in his final weeks in office. This movement could set the course for a just and lasting peace that will benefit Palestinians and Israelis in the months and years ahead.