Arab-Jewish Alliance: 'There Can be Mideast Peace'

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Despite the history of violence between Israelis and Arabs, the Arab Christian Messianic Jewish Fellowship of Southern California believes there can be peace between the two groups.  

Messianic Jewish pastor Howard Silverman helped start organization and the annual conference 20 years ago.
         
"We couldn't believe there were Arab brothers and sisters who believed in the Lord," Silverman told CBN News. "Others couldn't get over the fact that there were Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah."
 
"Enough bloodshed. Our people have suffered enough," former Palestinian soldier Taysir Abu Saada said at recent Fellowship gathering. "When I say our people, I mean the Arabs, the Palestinians and the Jews because they are our people. We are half-blood brothers."

So far, the Fellowship has demonstrated that these feuding factions can come together for peace.

"I watched Arabs and Jews dancing together, eating together, worshipping together," Messianic Times editor Karen Meissner recalled.

The group said it wants to show the world that it's possible for Arabs and Jews to love each other, even with all the chaos going on in the Middle East.

However, the Fellowship believes that true peace between Jews and Arabs is only possible through the love of Christ.

"He is a miraculous God and He can change hearts," Silverman said. "Politicians are not going to bring peace. Only the Lord can do it because only He can change the heart."          
     
"The only one who was successful to bring us together is the Lord Jesus Christ," Arab Christian pastor Solomon Nazzal said.
     
Silverman added, "That's what it takes, forgiveness, putting a love in a person's heart for someone who used to be your enemy."

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