Every time I hear about violence escalating between Israel and the Palestinians I’m saddened, but not surprised.  There is a cycle of violence there that’s going to be very hard to break.  There has been so much harm done there by both sides that it is hard to see how that cycle can be broken.  Conditions for the Palestinians are so bad, imprisoned in a refugee camp that has been ongoing for well over 50 years, that it seems many people there just want to reach out and hurt someone in Israel.  It doesn’t seem to matter who.  For the Israelis, living with the constant threat of ongoing terror attack, they just want the problem stopped.  So they go after the people doing this to them with overwhelming force.  Who go after them in retaliation the only way they can.  And the cycle continues.

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With all that’s been happening these last couple of days in the Middle East, I want to share the following Christmas Letter from my bishop, Barry Beisner, of the Diocese of Northern California:

Dear Friends in Christ:

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