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In Historic Move, Trump Envoy to Israel Meets With the Religious Leaders That John Kerry Ignored: "Most Important Meeting of All"

Raphael Ahren : Mar 17, 2017 : The Times of Israel

“If you don’t want religion to be part of the problem you have to make it part of the solution. That doesn’t mean religious leaders should replace politicians — that would be a disaster. But you have to engage with them.” – Rabbi David Rosen

(Israel) — [Reprinted with permission of The Times of Israel] Jason Greenblatt, the US administration’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations, on Thursday met with senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Jerusalem, reportedly calling the meeting “the most important” of his visit... (Photo Courtesy US Embassy Tel Aviv)

Bishop Munib Younan, who heads the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land and presides over the Lutheran World Federation, told Greenblatt that while religious leaders cannot make peace in the Middle East, it is impossible to make peace without them, according to Rosen.

The meeting, which was scheduled to last for an hour but ended up running half an hour late, was marked by some heated discussions between Muslim and Israel clergymen over who is responsible for incitement, Rosen said.

“But all agreed that they must work together to combat incitement,” he said. “Everyone agreed that promoting values of …

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