The US can help Israel and Palestinians reach a just peace

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Israeli border police officers, right, and Palestinians clash during a Palestinian protest against the expansion of Israeli Jewish settlements near the West Bank town of Salfit, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (photo: AP / Majdi Mohammed)
Our newly elected leaders need to take such constructive steps if we are ever truly going to find lasting peace.

By Elizabeth A. Eaton, Mae Elise Cannon  |  Religion News Service  | Jan 4, 2021

The recent agreements between Israel and Arab states benefit these countries’ respective economies, but little or no consultation took place with the Palestinians, and the agreements did little to help end the conflict.

(RNS) — Last year, Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and its blockade of Gaza brought increased misery and property violations to the Palestinians: home demolitions, expansion of settlements, detention of Palestinian children, continued restrictions on movement and access and (particularly in Gaza) fears of annexation.

All this took place while the occupied territories were suffering the same scourge of COVID-19 as the rest of us.

The recent agreements between Israel and Arab states benefit these countries’ respective economies, but little or no consultation took place with the Palestinians, and the agreements did little to help end the conflict.

A new year, a new Congress and a new administration, however, offer an opportunity for the U.S. to play a constructive role to reach a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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