Yair Lapid, Israel’s Foreign Minister, met with Hussein al Sheikh, a senior member of the Palestinian Authority and a close ally of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Al Sheikh oversees civilian and security coordination between the PA and Israel. While the meeting itself came as a surprise, it reflects Lapid’s renewed commitment to engage more with the Palestinian Arabs in an effort to combat growing criticism of Israel as an apartheid state. Hussein al Sheikh is a possible contender to replace Abbas as president. He is also seen as one of the stronger politicians in the Palestinian leadership. Please pray for wisdom for Yair Lapid as he continues to seek ways to engage with the Palestinians. Please also pray for the Palestinians, that they would see the value of cooperating with Israel. Lastly, please pray for viable solutions of coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.
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