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We presented our case at a June 2011 UN conference, at an April 2012 gathering in London, at the European Union Parliament in May 2012 and again in Hebron a month later. And just this week the Knesset Caucus held a conference at the U.S. Capitol for the purpose of gaining congressional support for the initiative.

As we prepare to recite the Days Of Awe’s solemn prayers in a heartfelt way, we pray that the Almighty will open the hearts and minds of our people – with the goal of living in peace with one another. We also strive for the nations of the world, led by their governments, to accept our yearning for peace and to work sincerely and honestly to achieve it.

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Shas founder and MK Rabbi Nissim Zeev is chairman of the Knesset Caucus for Israel and Global Ethics. He is also chairman of the Joint Knesset Committee for Interior Affairs and Education, and founder and president of Nevat Israel Girls Seminary in Jerusalem.

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