Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about peace in the Middle East for PeaceSigns.
But the reality in today’s Bethlehem, as well as in the rest of the West Bank and Gaza, is a far cry from that serene scene. Peace talks, which re-started fitfully this fall, have ground to a halt. Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank. And the people of Gaza cannot rebuild what was destroyed in the war two years ago because they are not allowed to import construction materials. The situation is unsustainable.
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