Arab/Israeli Peace Central to Washington Interfaith Initiatives

November 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Episcopal Life

Furthering the cause of Arab/Israeli peace was the focus of two major efforts this week when Episcopalians joined with interfaith leaders to engage in initiatives intended to bring a lasting stability to the Holy Land.

Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani traveled to Washington, D.C., with the Council of Leaders of Holy Land Institutions for meetings with U.S. religious leaders, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, C. David Welch, and members and staff of the House and Senate. The Council, made up of 15 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders of Holy Land institutions, is engaged in peace-building initiatives designed to decrease violence in the region and create an open dialogue for peace.

On November 9, members of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI) met with Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.