Thanks so much for checking in the Blog and for your desire to know a little bit more about this land called the Middle East.
Last night I met with the group and shared dinner with them. They were looking pretty good for having arrived and walked all over the Mount of Olives and the Old City!
We were joined by one of Israel's diplomats serving in the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Hiam Cohen. He really enjoyed himself as he spoke about some of the challenges Israel is facing at the moment.
Obviously this included Iran, but also issues related to the peace talks that President Obama is pushing for. While speaking respectively about the President's vision, he cautioned that history can teach us some very valuable lessons and expressed the hope that through continued and constructive dialogue the uncomfortable aspects for Israel, that do pose a challenge to the processes success, will be addressed.
One of Hiam's fortes is Islam. He in fact is a Professor who teaches on the subject along with the Middle East. He spent a few moments sharing his insights and perspectives on how a peace plan should be formulated and it proved to be an exciting time as members of our group interacted with him!
Pete Sumrall joined in with some adept comments about how under FDR's presidency, similar proposals were laid forth to the Israelis and Palestinians – ultimately not bringing the desired results.
This is a long and diverse situation, this Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And we concluded our evening together by reminding ourselves that the few Christians who do remain here, and those who visit like our group right now, have the obligation to be peacemakers, and to pray for their leaders over them, and for the peace of Jerusalem.
Have a great weekend!
Middle East Correspondent