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Can faith end a war between faiths?

The hellish violence in Israel and Gaza has stirred many interfaith groups around the world – especially those of Jews and Muslims – to reach for a touch of heaven. Each in its own way has used dialogue, shared action, or prayer to heal the tense emotions around the war. One poignant response was a multireligious service on Friday in Poland, the country where all six Nazi death camps were built during the Holocaust.

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board, October 13, 2023

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When the guns fall silent in Gaza

One question matters the most: What happens when the guns fall silent? A return to a tense cease-fire like those after previous Israel-Gaza conflicts seems impossible. Israel seems intent on destroying the Hamas leadership even as it faces acute political divisions over its democracy. Once the war ends, both Israelis and Gazans will need to grapple with a renewal of governance. What social and civic resources will they draw on to rebuild their respective societies – and perhaps build bridges between them?

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board, October 10, 2023

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God is comforting Her people

In light of the brutal attack on Israel and its punishing response, many are seeking comfort in prayer. More than anyone, those still anxiously waiting for news about their loved ones’ safety and whereabouts, and those grieving their loss, need to feel God’s loving presence and almighty protection.

By Suzanne Smedley, October 13, 2023

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A healing view of the ‘other’

A God-inspired view of others opens the door for hope, peace, and healing – even in the most trying situations.

By Lyle Young, November 8, 2023

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‘Even in our worst nightmare.’ Hamas attack collapses Israelis’ worldview.

Despite multiple rounds of escalations and conflict in Gaza since the militant group seized the territory in 2007, the Israeli strategy for over a decade was to keep Hamas in control as an “address,” in the words of one senior Israeli security official, with which it could engage.

By Neri Zilber Contributor, October 10, 2023 TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

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Can Saudi-Israel peace talks learn lessons from the past?

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dearly wants a formal peace treaty with the leading Arab and Islamic power. But as head of the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history, he also wants the door kept firmly shut on a two-state peace deal with the Palestinians.

By Ned Temko Columnist, September 14, 2023 LONDON

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In Gaza, a different view of the Hamas raid on Israel

Many saw the attack, in which over 100 Israelis were abducted and taken as hostages into Gaza, as retribution for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in earlier rounds of conflict and in daily life. “The world keeps saying this attack is unprovoked, but in fact the world is ignoring how violent the daily occupation is,” says Diana Buttu, a former adviser to the Palestinian delegation to peace talks with Israel, now in abeyance.

By Fatima AbdulKarim Special contributor, Taylor Luck Special correspondent, October 10, 2023

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