CNS, America staff, and other sources
U.S. bishops listen as Israeli attorney gives explanation of land use around Jerusalem.
U.S. bishops visiting the Holy Land on Sept. 11 said an on-the-ground tour
about the situation in East Jerusalem heightened their awareness of the
settlement issue in the divided city. “The expansion of settlements is
quickly driving [the possibility of a two-state solution] off the
drawing board,” said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa,
chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and
During a two-hour tour, the Israeli attorney and activist Daniel
Seidemann shared his concerns for the increasingly shrinking window of
opportunity to push forward the concept of the two-state solution to the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He said that while the Israeli enclaves
embedded in East Jerusalem remain small, with at most 2,500 Israeli Jews
living there, it is still possible to withdraw them, but that if the
settlements continue to expand, the situation will become more
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