Exec. Council (6/02) support[ed] âa just peace that guarantees Israelâs security and Palestinian aspirations for a viable sovereign state [and]. . . commends President Bushâs repeated call for Palestinian statehood.â The ongoing violence in the Middle East represents a threat to world peace. Our Anglican partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem struggle to survive amidst this unending cycle of violence. Since 1948, the number of Christians in the region has diminished from 18% of the population to 2%. Still, the Diocese of Jerusalem and its thirty-four institutions â parishes, schools, and hospitals in the West Bank, Gaza and in the region â struggle to serve the needs of several thousand Anglicans and the Palestinian community. Along with many moderate Israelis and Arabs, Palestinian Christians stand ready to support a credible peace process that will fulfill the vision for a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, alongside a secure Israel. On April 30, 2003, President Bush formally released a âRoad Map for Middle East Peace.â The Road Map was created by an international coalition known as âThe Quartet,â including the U.S., Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations. The Road Map lays out a three-phase framework for facilitating peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and for establishing an independent and democratic Palestinian state by 2005. Last week, President Bush took strong steps to move the Road Map for Middle East peace forward. Sadly, but predictably, a new cycle of violence ensued almost immediately. In a letter to the President commending his personal commitment to advancing the Road Map, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold wrote on June 6; âI urge you to be steadfast in your resolve, sending a message to the enemies of peace that their actions will not determine the course of future negotiations.â
Please contact President Bush at 202 456-1111 and your members of Congress to urge support for full implementation of the Road Map and sustained U.S. leadership. That is the only hope that there will be lasting peace for the children of Abraham. Your Senators and Representative can be reached at 800 513-3472.