“If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”
-Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Perhaps it was in recognition of the truth of Mother Teresa's words that Pope Francis worked to arrange for the June 9, 2014 meeting between the presidents of the Israeli and Palestinian states. It was a remarkable meeting, and you can see from the following excerpt quoted from this Zenit article:
Peres and Abbas arrived in the Vatican at 6.15 and 6.30 p.m., respectively, and were received by the Holy Father at the entrance of the Casa Santa Marta, where he spoke briefly first with the Israel president, and then with the Palestinian.
Shortly after, they entered Santa Marta where they were joined by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios I, and then transferred by car to the Vatican Gardens where they were awaited by their respective delegations. The meeting began with the following words: “May the Lord grant us peace! We are gathered here, Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Christians and Muslims, to offer our prayer for peace for the Holy Land and for all its inhabitants.”
The meeting took place in three phases, followed by a conclusion. Following the chronological order of the three religions, it began with the Jewish community, followed by Christians, and finally Muslims. The first phase, for the three communities, consisted of praise to God for the gift of creation and for having made us members of one human family. The second was a plea to God for forgiveness for not having acted like brothers and sisters, and for our sins against God and neighbour. The third invokes from God the gift of peace in the Holy Land and the capacity to be converted into builders of peace.Let us pray that this meeting will, in time, bear fruit.