The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


What will bring peace to the Holy Land?

A Lutheran bishop, a rabbi and a Muslim cleric weigh in

The Palestinian and Israeli conflict, with its near-daily reports of violence, is often portrayed as a territorial clash of religion-fueled zeal. Is this truly the face of religion in the Holy Land? Not according to Rabbi Ron Kronish, a 22-year Jerusalem resident who directs the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. His is one of many Israeli and Palestinian voices anxious to be heard above the shouts of violence.

In February, Kronish spoke at North Park University in Chicago with Mohammed Hourani, a Muslim professor at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, and Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (and Palestine), which has close ties to the ELCA. The discussion emphasized the limited success of political solutions in fostering a lasting peace in Israel and Palestine, and centered on the role of religious leaders.

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