Evangelical Leaders Meet with Secretary Rice to Discuss U.S.-Middle East Policy
On 26 October 2007, several evangelical leaders met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to affirm her leadership in working diligently for a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine—a policy supported by the Israeli, Palestinian, and American governments. Secretary Rice, who made clear the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, also made emphasized that a strategic window of opportunity for peace currently exists, supported by both Palestinian and Israeli sides of the issue. In a wide-ranging discussion, the evangelical leaders stressed that it is critical for evangelicals to be a voice for peace and justice in the Holy Land by supporting the two-state solution. The evangelical leaders present included Joel Hunter, John Jenkins, David Neff, Bob Roberts, Chris Seiple, and Ron Sider.
The meeting with Secretary Rice occurred within the context of a letter sent on 27 July 2007 from 34 prominent evangelicals to President Bush, supporting his recent efforts to seek a two-state solution. The letter encouraged President Bush to support both Israelis and Palestinians to make the necessary compromises for a just and peaceful solution. For more background on this new movement aimed to correct widespread views that all evangelicals are opposed to a two-state solution, please click here to view a CNN report. For more background information on Secretary Rice’s commitment to furthering the Middle East peace process, please visit the State Department’s webpage on Middle East Peace.
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