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Peace in Palestine and Israel (80520-GM-R323)

Readopt current Resolution #323 -  United Nations Resolutions on the Israel-Palestine Conflict as amended to read:

Peace in Palestine and Israel
WHEREAS Isaiah prophesizes (Isaiah 2:4 (NIV)) that in the last days (see also Micah 4:3):
   He will judge between the nations
           and will settle disputes for many peoples.
           They will beat their swords into plowshares
          and their spears into pruning hooks.
         Nation will not take up sword against nation,
         nor will they train for war anymore.
WHEREAS The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church expounds in Part IV, SOCIAL PRINCIPLES, ΒΆ 165 (VI. THE WORLD COMMUNITY), that We commit ourselves as a Church to the achievement of a world community that is a fellowship of persons who honestly love one another...  The Church must regard nations as accountable for unjust treatment of their citizens and others living within their borders...  We affirm the right and duty of people of all nations to determine their own destiny. We urge the major political powers to use their nonviolent power to maximize the political, social, and economic self-determination of other nations rather than to further their own special interests... We affirm our historic concern for the world as our parish and seek for all persons and peoples full and equal membership in a truly world community.
WHEREAS, negotiations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority still have not achieved a just and lasting peace for the Palestinian and Israeli people; and
WHEREAS, the United Nations Security Council has passed numerous resolutions, including their Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, that outline a framework for a just and lasting peace; and
WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church recognizes and affirms the role of the United Nations as an appropriate entity (see Resolution 326, In Support of the United Nations, pp. 814/6, The Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church, 2004) among other governments, organizations, and people,
WHEREAS, A Performance-Based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict was presented by U.S. President George W. Bush in a speech of June 24, 2002, and welcomed by the European Union, the Russian Federation, and the United Nations in their July 16 and September 17, 2002 Quartet Ministerial statements (see <http://domino.un.org/unispal.nsf/f3059c4183c2cc2b85256d33006f5b4b/6129b9c832fe59ab85256d43004d87fa!OpenDocument> ).
  
WHEREAS, the United Nations General Assembly established in 1975, pursuant to its Resolution 3376, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.  The Committee promotes international support for and assistance to the Palestinian people and heightened international awareness of the question of Palestine. In addition to international meetings <http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/ngo/calendar.htm> , publications and informational activities <http://domino.un.org/unispal.nsf> , each year the Committee calls for the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People <http://www.un.org/depts/dpa/ngo/calendar2006.htm>  (29 November).
  
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United Methodist Church calls upon the government of the United States of America and the government of each country wherein The United Methodist Church is established to accept the authority of and abide by United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, and 1397 and all other relevant Security Council resolutions that provide a framework for bringing this conflict to a just and permanent end.