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Jerusalem and universal peace

A Christian Science perspective.

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Perhaps more than any other city in the world, Jerusalem is the epicenter of the most deeply held human emotions – involving the whole range of issues having to do with individual, religious, and national identity, freedom, and security.

Historically Jerusalem has been a study in contrasts: Its very name means the City of Peace; at the same time, the emotions regarding it have repeatedly become so explosive as to erupt into random acts of violence and war reaching far beyond its borders. It's quite natural, then, that every nation in the world should be vitally interested in the fulfillment of a sustainable peace in Jerusalem.

Today (Dec. 7) European foreign ministers are meeting to discuss the European Union's role in promoting peace in the Middle East. In particular, they will discuss a Swedish push for "the European Union to call for the division of Jerusalem and the recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state" – a proposal Israel considers one-sided, and therefore preemptive of useful negotiations (see "Israel rejects European Union plan to divide Jerusalem," The Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 1). Perhaps what will best prepare thought on all sides for truly useful negotiations is prayer – in which everyone can freely contribute.

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