Embracing Pluralism in Israel and Palestine


Prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine can be greatly enhanced by embracing pluralism and seeking win-win solutions. As revealed by the Holy Scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all three faiths express belief in love of God and love of neighbor. In all three faiths love of neighbor extends to hospitality toward strangers following the example of Abraham, their common spiritual ancestor. In the Holy Land hospitality can gain practical expression in political systems that are pluralistic in nature. Israel can fulfill the commitment to “complete equality of social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or sex” found in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (1948). Instead of being a divided city let Jerusalem be transformed into a unified international city with sovereignty by both Israel and Palestine and the capital for both nations. The future State of Palestine could allow some settlements to remain and offer the residents full citizenship in Palestine and full participation in civic life. To facilitate a peaceful transition there could be a truth and reconciliation commission that draws on the experience of 30 nations around the globe.

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Hallman, Howard W (2016). Embracing Pluralism in Israel and Palestine

Journal of Living Together, 2-3 (1), pp. 46-51, 2016, ISSN: 2373-6615 (Print); 2373-6631 (Online).

Title = {Embracing Pluralism in Israel and Palestine}
Author = {Howard W. Hallman}
Url = {https://www.icermediation.org/pluralism-in-israel-and-palestine/}
ISSN = {2373-6615 (Print); 2373-6631 (Online)}
Year = {2016}
Date = {2016-12-18}
IssueTitle = {Faith Based Conflict Resolution: Exploring the Shared Values in the Abrahamic Religious Traditions
Journal = {Journal of Living Together}
Volume = {2-3}
Number = {1}
Pages = {46-51}
Publisher = {International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation}
Address = {Mount Vernon, New York}
Edition = {2016}.


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