U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen criticized Israel for withholding work permits and blocking travel by Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, saying the measures hurt both sides and risked tipping off a broader regional conflict.
Bruno Finel, Editor in Chief, Mena Today
Dear readers of Mena Today,
As we gather around our loved ones during this festive season, we extend our warmest wishes to you for a joyful Christmas. It's a time of year when hearts are filled with hope, love, and the spirit of giving. In the midst of the celebrations, let us also pause to reflect on the importance of peace, not only for our families but for the entire world, especially in regions where peace is a precious and elusive gift.
In the Middle East, particularly in Israel and Gaza, the quest for lasting peace has been a long and arduous journey, marked by periods of tension and conflict.
The suffering and loss of innocent lives have weighed heavily on the hearts of people in this region for far too long. This Christmas, we join together in fervent hope for a brighter future, one where peace reigns, and the cycle of violence is broken.
Peace is not merely the absence of war; it is the presence of justice, understanding, and reconciliation. We yearn for a Middle East where Israelis and Palestinians can coexist in harmony, where borders become bridges, and where the aspirations of both nations are respected and fulfilled. It is our earnest wish that leaders and citizens alike come together with renewed determination to find common ground and work towards a sustainable and just peace.
The scourge of terrorism has cast a long shadow over the Middle East, causing immeasurable pain and suffering.
This Christmas, we also pray for an end to terrorism, extremism, and violence that have disrupted lives and fractured communities. Let us unite in our commitment to eradicate the root causes of terrorism, promoting education, dialogue, and understanding as powerful tools in the fight against extremism.
As we exchange gifts and share meals with our families and friends, let us not forget those who are less fortunate and those who have been affected by conflict in the Middle East. Acts of kindness and solidarity can go a long way in healing wounds and fostering goodwill.
In the spirit of the holiday season, let us hold on to the belief that peace is possible, even in the most challenging circumstances. Together, we can work towards a Middle East where the sounds of children's laughter drown out the echoes of gunfire, where families can rebuild their lives without fear, and where hope prevails.
Merry Christmas, dear readers of Mena Today! May this holiday season bring you joy, love, and moments of reflection. Here's to a New Year filled with hope for peace in Israel, Gaza, and the entire Middle East—a future where the light of peace shines brightly, dispelling the darkness of conflict and division.
With warmest wishes,
The Mena Today Team
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