“In a letter dated January 9, 2013, we asked you to exercise vigorous leadership for Israeli-Palestinian peace. We write today to commend you for traveling to the Holy Land in March, and for charging Secretary of State John Kerry with the urgent task of bringing the parties to the negotiating table. We are aware of his tireless efforts, affirm the vision of a two-state solution, and promise our support for this U.S. initiative for peace.
“We know that many consider the conflict intractable, but we believe that peace is possible. We share the Easter prayer of Pope Francis: “Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, who struggle to find the road of agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long.” We urge persistent U.S. leadership and promise our untiring support and encouragement.
“Thank you for your leadership on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and on Israeli-Palestinian peace. We know both issues remain challenging, appreciate your leadership in tackling them, and offer our prayerful support.