Justin Welby: ‘moment of opportunity’ near in Middle East conflict

May 10, 2017 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said a “moment of opportunity” could be within reach in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after he met political leaders from both sides during a trip to the Holy Land. Justin Welby held separate talks with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas[…]

[…]Later, when meeting the Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin, Welby said: “It does seem, listening to many, that internationally perhaps the planets are aligning. Perhaps a moment of opportunity is coming that may not repeat itself for a while. As a Christian, as a religious leader, my hope and prayer is that we can find a way within the region of confidence being rebuilt.” He added: “There cannot be peace without every person in the region – Israeli, Israeli-Jewish, Israeli-Arab, Palestinian, all of them – being sure they can pursue their lives, pursue their aims, without fearing the bomb or the bullet, without fearing persecution.”

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See also:

Analysis: prayer, politics and unlikely success as Justin Welby completes 12-day tour of the Holy Land, by James Macintyre, Christian Today

Christians to be protected in Jordan, Welby is told, by Gavin Drake, Church Times

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