Religion a key component to Mideast peace, rabbi says

by | Jan. 15, 2010

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LDS leaders could have a positive impact on the peace process in the Middle East, a prominent rabbi said Wednesday.

"If the (Quorum of the) Twelve were to approach the United States government and say, 'We really feel that the religious dimension should be engaged in any kind of process to seek a way to bring about peace in the Holy Land' … I think that would be very helpful," Rabbi David Rosen told an audience at BYU.

Rabbi Rosen, director of the American Jewish Committee's Department for Interreligious Affairs, said helping the United States push forward to mediate the Israel/Palestine conflict would be in the LDS Church's interest not only because of what it would mean for its religion, but also because of BYU's Jerusalem Center, where Rabbi Rosen himself taught several years ago.

"In the past, those who have tried to bring about a resolution tended to ignore religion," he said. "But if you don't want religion to be part of the problem, the answer isn't to eliminate it. The answer is to ensure that religion is part of the solution."

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