Signers say they support Israel’s right to security and the Palestinians’ right to a sovereign and secure state of their own. They also called for bold U.S. leadership to assist both parties in making difficult decisions and to hold each party accountable if they fail to fulfill their commitments.
"At the appropriate time, we will support the administration if it decides to present proposals for a just and equitable solution that provides dignity, security and sovereignty for both peoples," vowed the leaders.
In addition to calling for peace between Palestinians and Israel, the letter by religious leaders also called Israel to work with Syria and Lebanon. The United States should help normalize relations between Israel and Arab countries in the region, the leaders wrote.
The letter was signed by over 30 leaders of churches and religious organizations, and was coordinated by Churches for Middle East Peace. Some of the leaders include: the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church; Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church in Orlando, Fla.; the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches; and David Neff, editor in chief of Christianity Today, among others.