* During Operation Cast Lead—a 2008-09 Israeli military operation targeting Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorists—Religions For Peace Secretary General William Vendley drew a moral equivalence between the two sides in the conflict and called for an immediate ceasefire:
“Military action has dissected Gaza, with innocent civilians trapped in the crossfire. The entire population is under siege…. In Israel, innocent civilians continue to be mortally threatened by the ongoing rocket attacks against them…. Neither the suffering of so many innocent Palestinians, nor the rocket attacks or suicide bombing targeting innocent Israelis can be justified.”
* Lauding the United Nations as “one of the most effective conflict-resolution structures” in existence, RFP seeks to “help strengthen” the UN’s authority to override the political and foreign-policy decisions of sovereign national governments.