“Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare”, the courage “to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity”, said the Pope to Simon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican

Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa O.F.M., custodian of the Holy Land, and Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, presented the details of the “Invocation for Peace” initiative scheduled to take place in the Vatican on Sunday. Pope Francis has invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, to join him in a prayer encounter.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday in Bethlehem that US considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank “illegitimate”. He said nothing about it in his remarks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu: Israel will enter peace talks honestly, wont give up security demands – Diplomacy & Defense – Israel News | Haaretz. Summary: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he intended to embark on negotiations with the Palestinians honestly, but assured ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that he would stand his ground on Israel’s […]

Kerry Achieves Deal to Revive Mideast Talks – NYTimes.com.

Israel is trying to explain its attacks on Syria’s soil without recognizing them officially, and after a meeting of the security cabinet “the main decision was to send as pacifying a message as possible to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in order to prevent further escalation in the north” reported Haaretz. After an air strike is difficult […]

There has been a kidnaping of a vulnerable wounded person. in a few moments the house is full of police, a negotiator, some strange devices attached to the phone lines to detect the calls, people who can find in seconds large amounts of money, food, means of escape and when the needed of protection is […]