Peace Attempts Being Made Over Holy Land

“As the Palestinian and Israeli governments seek an agreement in Washington D.C., the Israeli president and Pope Benedict XVI hoped for “lasting peace” on Thursday. The Pope was recognized by the Nobel Prize-winning Israeli leader Shimon Peres during a meeting between the two as the “Shepherd” leading to the “the fields of peace.”

President Shimon Peres was accompanied by five others for the visit to the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo, including the director of his office, Ms. Yona Bartal. They spent the morning visiting on-site gardens and met with leaders of the Vatican secretariat of state before the 11 a.m. audience with Pope Benedict.

According to a statement released by the Holy See following the 40-minute encounter, the resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine was primary among the themes of discussion in the private meeting.

On Thursday in Washington D.C., through U.S. government mediation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are returning to the negotiation table after a nearly two-year absence of talks.

According to a Reuters report, President Barack Obama hopes that the two sides can reach an agreement that, within a year, would establish the parameters of the Palestinian state and ensure security for Israel.

President Obama said on Wednesday, “This moment of opportunity may not soon come again. They cannot afford to let it slip away.”

For their part, President Peres and the Holy Father hoped that the return to speaking terms might “assist in reaching an agreement that is respectful of the legitimate aspirations of the two peoples and capable of bringing lasting peace to the Holy Land and to the entire region.”

Peres received the Nobel Prize in Peace 1994, jointly with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, for his work towards the creation of peace in the Middle East.” – “Pope and Israeli President Hope for Peace in Holy Land”, EWTN

This article reported by EWTN.com discusses the recent attempts for peace in the Holy Land. Obviously the Holy Land has long been fought over, and this is wrong. It is a land of great importance for numerous religions and it would be really nice to see some cooperation and peacefulness there. Numerous politicians met with Pope Benedict XVI at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo. We will see if the outcome of this is good, and I will pray that it will be.