Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A tribute to Jesus

A tribute to Jesus on this Christmas;
What does it mean to be religious?

Mike Ghouse

This column is dedicated to Rev. Petra Weldes of the Center for Spiritual Living in Dallas. Some of my conversation with her inspired me to write this tribute to Jesus and what it means to be religious.



Monday, November 30, 2009

Mike Ghouse to Speak at Parliament of Worlds Religions

DALLAS – (November 28, 2009) – Mike Ghouse, board member of The Memnosyne Foundation, has been invited to speak at the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions in Melbourne, Australia. Co-Founder and President of The Memnosyne Foundation, Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, made the announcement recently.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Unity Day USA (9/11) on September 6


Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas - The Foundation for Pluralism and several faith based organizations have announced the 5th annual Unity Day USA, a 9/11 Memorial event to be held on Sunday, September 6, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.

On this Unity Day USA, we, the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our desire to co-exist in peace, and pray for the unity, safety and well being of our nation.


Over the years, Americans of North Texas have demonstrated remarkable unity, coming together as denominations, as well as with other theists and atheists. Every faith (or no faith) and denomination is expected to be represented in the event.

Event : 5th Annual Unity Day USA
Date : 5:00 PM, Sunday, September 6, 2009
Place : Unity Church of Dallas,
Add : 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas 75230
Map : Click here for map
Call : Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
email :
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Our 2009 theme continues to be "One Nation under God". Our religious leaders will seek guidance and wisdom from their respective faiths and our Civil servants and community leaders will echo the same sentiment and suggest ways in which we as individuals can work toward creating and sustaining cohesive and thriving local communities.

Mike Ghouse, President of the organizations announced. “This is an annual event for all Americans to come together and look to each other as American and nothing but American. We will rededicate our pledge to the safety and security of our nation”.

The American Muslims have taken this initiative to remember one of the greatest tragedies in the history of our nation by bringing about a positive change to the 9/11 event. We are committed to make this day, the Sunday before 9/11, a day of Unity of Americans to pledge to the peace, unity and prosperity of our nation and the humanity.

As Americans we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our constitution. All our faiths reinforce the creed of "One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all."

A. 90 Organizations participated

I. 2008 Album

God Bless America

Mike Ghouse Chair,
Unity Day USA,

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

09-09-09 : Holocaust Legacies

Holocaust Legacies: Shoah as Turning Point
Southern Methodist University

Fall 2009

**August 24

Title: Opening, Loli Kantor Photography Exhibit, There Was a Forest: Jews in Eastern Europe Today

The photographs in this series, created throughout Poland and Ukraine , document the disappearing population of Holocaust survivors and their lives within the vanishing shtetls (small towns) of Eastern Europe . The work also offers a glimpse into the reemergence of Jewish life and culture in Central and Eastern Europe that is beginning to transform some of the larger communities.

Location: SMU Hamon Arts Library Gallery

**September 9

Title: Holocaust Legacies: Shoah as Turning Point, Opening Event and Reception
Photo Exhibit: “Places of Memory”

This event will raise the issues and preview the fall events. Professor Halperin will give a historical overview, and will moderate a panel on Shoah as Turning Point. Panelists: Mr. Elliott Dlin, Executive Director of the Dallas Holocaust Museum , Professors Chris Anderson (Theology), Janis Bergman-Carton (Art History), and Tom Mayo (Law).
Location: SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum, 7:30–10 p.m. (Reception 7 –7:30 p.m.)

**September 10 (two events)

Speaker: Professor Jan Gross, Princeton University (History), author of Neighbors and Fear
*Title: Seminar on the Polish reception of Neighbors and Fear.
Location: University of Dallas (room and time in the afternoon, to be announced).
*Title: The Killing and Plunder of the Jews by Their Neighbors in Nazi-Occupied Poland
Location: SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum, 7–10 p.m.

**September 11

Title: Loli Kantor Photography Exhibit, There Was a Forest: Jews in Eastern Europe Today
Location: Lecture, SMU O’Donnell Lecture Hall, 6 p.m.
Reception: SMU Taubman Atrium, Meadows School of the Arts, 7 p.m.
Photography exhibit location: SMU Hamon Arts Library Gallery

**September 17

Title: From the Nuremberg Code to the Belmont Report and the Final Rule: The Protection of Human Research Subjects in the 21st Century

Lecture and Panel Discussion
Speaker: Professor Thomas Beauchamp, Georgetown University (Philosophy and Kennedy Institute of Ethics), primary author of the Belmont Report.
Location: SMU McCord Auditorium, 7–10 p.m.

**October 8

Title: Beyond the Victim Monument
Speaker: Professor Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh (Art History), author of Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monuments in Nineteenth-Century America .
Location: The Sixth Floor Museum ( 411 Elm St. Dallas 75202 ), 5:30–6:30 p.m.

**October 22

Title: The Holocaust in Contemporary Consciousness, Culture and Curriculum
Speaker: Mr. Elliott Dlin, Executive Director of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
Location: Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance ( 211 N. Record Street , Dallas 75202 ), 7–9:30 p.m. (Reception following presentation)

**November 5 (two events)

Title: __________________________________________________

Speaker: Professor Jenia Turner ( SMU Dedman School of Law)
Location: SMU Umphrey Lee Center , luncheon event

Title: God on Trial: The Meaning of the Shoah for Jewish and Christian Theology Today (film screening and discussion)

Discussants: Rabbi Ari Perl, President of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas, Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Tefilla, Dallas; Professor John Holbert, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, SMU Perkins School of Theology.

This event will include screening and discussion of the film, God on Trial (which depicts a fictional “trial” of God by prisoners at Auschwitz ).
Location: SMU Perkins School of Theology Prothro Great Hall, 5–10 p.m.

**November 12

Symposium: Holocaust Survivors: Stories of Resilience
Presenters: Roberta R. Greene, PhD, MSW, PI, John Templeton Foundation (JTF) grant, University of Texas, School of Social Work, and Harriet L. Cohen, PhD, MSW, co-investigator JTF, Texas Christian University, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Social Work

A panel comprised of Holocaust historians, educators, and survivors, gerontologists, social workers and pastoral care clergy will discuss findings from a study on resilience,

forgiveness, and survivorship among older Holocaust survivors, as described by the participants of a recent mixed methods national study of 133 Holocaust survivors aged 68 to 9.
Location: SMU Perkins School of Theology Prothro Great Hall, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

**November 15

Title: Closing: Loli Kantor Photography Exhibit, There Was a Forest: Jews in Eastern Europe Today
Location: SMU Hamon Arts Library Gallery

**November 19

Title: Music Out of the Ashes
Performers: Professors Virginia Dupuy ( SMU Meadows School of the Arts), Chris Anderson ( SMU Perkins School of Theology) and John Holbert ( SMU Perkins School of Theology)

This lecture/performance will focus on Victor Ullmann’s “Der Kaiser von Atlantis,” an opera written in Theresienstadt but not performed until the 1970s. The evening will include scenes from the opera interspersed with commentary about the camp, the music, and the composer.
Location: SMU Perkins School of Theology Prothro Great Hall, 5 – 10 p.m.

**November 23

Title: Is Art Worth a Life?: Hitler, War and the Monuments Men (interactive presentation with slides and video clips)

Presenter: Robert Edsel, the author of Rescuing DaVinci and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, co-producer of the documentary film Rape of Europa, and founding President of the Monuments Men Foundation, an organization dedicated to the recovery and preservation of Nazi-looted art.
Location: SMU Perkins School of Theology Prothro Great Hall, 5 – 10 p.m.

Elliott Dlin
Executive Director
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance
211 North Record Street, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75202-3361
Tel: 214-741-7500 x101
Fax: 214-741-7510

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference, for the benefit of all humanity.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The truth about 9/11 on 7/11/09

The truth about 9/11 on Saturday, July 11, 2009

Plano - Conference Center at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus
2800 E Spring Creek PkwyPlano, Texas 75074 Get Directions
Ticket Info: $10 donation includes ALL DAY PASS and Free DVD film Buy Tickets Website:

The Essence of Freedom
Mike Ghouse, Dallas

The essence of freedom is our ability to question; question everything including our belief and what our government dishes out for us to believe.

Many of us do not want to know the truth about 9/11 or simply write it off us a conspiracy theory, meanwhile the multiplier effect of our silence continues to wreak havoc on American families.

We need to take the responsibility to at least explore the truth. Our Media has failed us, they never had the balls to ask tough questions to the President and his gang, they were afraid to question lest they be called unpatriotic. Indeed, their irresponsibility has caused us so much grief and has ruined our financial institutions and finally has hurt the average American.

I am glad even the Neocon outfits like Fox has displayed this event on their calendar along with the other TV, Print and Radio outlets in Dallas.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Organization: Earth Rhythms

Organization Name: Earth Rhythms
Address: 381 Casa Linda Plaza, box 137, Dallas, Texas 75218
Phone: 214-261-5599


Executive Director: Amy Martin
Board Members: include Bryan Lankford, Rodney Steman, Ed Townley

Spokesperson: Amy Martin
Interfaith Relations: Amy Martin

Incorporation date: formally incorporated April 2007, in existence since 1993

Annual General Meeting date: n/a
Qurterly Meetings date: n/a
Monthly Meetings date: n/a

Director profile: Amy Martin is a well-known Dallas leader in Earth-centered spirituality and the ceremony leader, producer and promoter for the acclaimed SolstiCelebrations. The events are presented by Earth Rhythms,, for which serves as executive director. Regarded as the “Moonlady,” she operates a 2900+ member holistic/spiritual/environmental email listserve for North Texas called Moonlady News.

A journalist and writer of over 20 years experience, she runs Moonlady Media with her husband‚ artist and computer animator Scooter Smith. Moonlady Media produces books, both printed and electronic, on a variety of topics. Amy and her husband share their wooded East Dallas home with several cats‚ two dogs and a variety of wildlife. They are developing a contemplative nature preserve northeast of Dallas. She may be reached at or through

Friday, April 24, 2009

05-03-09 : Peace house dallas opens

April 26, 2009 – 5:00 p.m. at the
Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, Texas 75235

Join us for an incredible evening celebrating Earth Day and the formation of a coalition of Dallas’ premier peace organizations:

The Dallas Peace Center
The United Nations Association
Maryknoll Mission Education
The Peace Project Foundation
Hope for Peace & Justice
Art for Peace & Justice


a special performance of The Land

Thursday, April 23, 2009

05-03-09 - You are different, so what?

April 20, 2009
The Healing Project
You are different, so what?

Sunday, May 3, 8:00 PM
Meyerson Symphony Orchestra


Participation by Jews, Gays, African Americans and Muslims.


On Sunday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 6 at 8:00 PM at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Turtle Creek Chorale will present THE HEALING PROJECT; a musical exploration of personal and communal courage during challenging times. Using poetry drawn from personal accounts and powerful, evocative music, we aim to promote awareness of the many similarities among various distinct communities, thus bringing them closer to healing as one greater community.

We, who would heal the world, must first-ourselves be healed,
yielding to a greater love, the human heart reveals. . .
calling to our better angels
to restore our dignity!

The words above come from Our Better Angels, a new work composed specifically for THE HEALING PROJECT by Jewish composer, Andrea Clearfield with text by Reverend Robert Espindola of the Community Church of Christ.

Dr. Jonathan Palant, Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director, says, “This concert explores the parallels between various minority communities using both personal accounts and symbolic music. Are the equal rights desired by one community any different than those desired by another? Are both deserving of the same equal rights? These simple questions are the premise of this concert.”

Joining the Turtle Creek Chorale on stage to offer personal accounts of courage and growth are: City of Dallas Councilmember, Hon. Pauline Medrano; Holocaust survivor, Marion Avery; Mike Ghouse, President of the World Muslim Congress; Mrs. Reem Alghonimi, a Muslim Leader; Bud Knight and Chet Flake, two gay men celebrating 44 years as a couple; and Cedric Neal, an African American member of the Dallas Theater Center’s Resident Actor Company.

Our Better Angels, a musical work composed by Dr. Andrea Clearfield with texts by Rev. Robert Espindola, will receive its world premiere at these concerts. This 35-minute work, commissioned by the Turtle Creek Chorale specifically for this concert series, is scored for men’s chorus, brass ensemble, percussion, harp and organ. Members of the Dallas Wind Symphony will accompany the Turtle Creek Chorale in these performances.

Dr. Andrea Clearfield is a prolific composer. Recent commissions include works for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Network for New Music, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. Her choral cantata, Dream Variations, was recently premiered at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Reverend Robert Espindola has been a professional librettist for eleven years. A professional educator and ordained minister, he graduated with honors from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. A teacher for twenty-two years, in 1992 Espindola was honored as one of California’s “Distinguished Educators.” A strong advocate for teenagers living with HIV/AIDS, Espindola was keynotes speaker at two national AIDS conferences, and in 1993, served as delegate at the International Conference on AIDS in Yokohama, Japan.

Tickets for THE HEALING PROJECT ($20-65) are available online at or by calling (877) SING-TCC.

About the Turtle Creek Chorale:

The Turtle Creek Chorale is an all-male chorus in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1980, the Chorale has over 200 members who volunteer more than 100,000 hours annually among rehearsals and service projects for those in the community. The Turtle Creek Chorale has released 37 compact discs and was the subject of an award-winning documentary in 2005 titled, The Power of Harmony.

To arrange interviews with the composer, librettist or conductor, please contact Robert Cole at (214) 526-3214 Ext. 102 or by email at

05-07-09 : National Prayer Breakfast

National Day of Prayer Breakfast

Speaker will be:
Philip L. Ostergard, author of :
"The Inspired Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln"
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
May 7, 2009 in
The Tower Club, 1601 Elm Street, Suite 4800, downtown Dallas.
Free Parking in the Thanksgiving Tower Garage included in your ticket.

For reservations, please call
214-969-1977. Sponsor tables are available. Tickets are $40, or Seniors and Students for $25.
Please call 214-969-1977 for Reservations and Table Sponsorship.
Click here for more info.


Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:30 a.m. at the Tower Club in Thanksgiving Tower
1601 Elm St. Ste. 4800 Dallas, TX 75201 (214) 220-0403

Come join in the celebration the 200th anniversary year of President Lincoln’s birth with leaders of the business, civic, cultural, educational and faith communities from throughout the Metroplex and members he Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Square.

Our speaker will be Philip L. Ostergard, author of “The Inspired Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln”. From him we will learn how prayer played a central role in President Lincoln’s decision making during the heart-wrenching days of a civil war compounded by personal grief. Ostergard will show how Lincoln was transformed from a man with many doubts into a great leader who led this nation through its darkest times to renewed hope and reinstated the Thanksgiving tradition after a lapse of 45 years.

The Co-Chairs for the gourmet, faith sensitive breakfast are the Rev. Doug Skinner (Senior Minister of Northway Christian Church) and Rosemarie Stromberg (Vice-Chair of the Interfaith Council). As of today, sponsors include: Ebby Halliday Acers, the Baha’i Community of Dallas, the Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy Diocese of Dallas, Church Women United, Highland Park United Methodist, the Islamic Association of North Texas, Levenson & Brinker PR, Peter Stewart, Temple Emanu-El.

Tables are still available. The Thanks-Giving Foundation is a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent under the law.

Underwriter Table: $5000 Donor Seat: $250 Senior/Student Seat: $25 (teachers attending with their students may use the student rate)
Sponsor Table: $2500 VIP Seat: $100
Patron Table: $1000 Individual $40

Parking is included in the cost of the event. Entrance to the underground parking garage is located on the right on Elm St. indicated by the star on the map.

Arlette Banegas
Administrative Assistant,
Thanks-Giving Square
1627 Pacific Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201

P.O. Box 131770
Dallas, TX 75313
Fax 214-754 0152

More information:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Muslim Response to Lies about Qur'aan

Muslim response to Dutch Legislator's lies about Qur'aan.

The link following this note is a Muslim response to Geert Wilders’ documentary called "Fitna", presenting Islam as a danger to his society. The article in the link is authored by Mike Ghouse* and Imam Zia Shaikh, Imam and an Islamic Scholar of the largest Mosque in Texas.

Mr. Wilders, a Dutch parliamentarian is in Washington DC to dupe a few of our Congressman and Senators. I hope they will have their staff members verify the statements he has quoted in the documentary (the link is in the link) and then check it in the Qur'aan and tell the man to come up with truth and not dupe the Americans any more.

Evil persists, because we the good people do not stop the hate mongering and some of us even fund such documentaries. I have seen a series of such documentaries this year where Islam is deliberately misrepresented with the sole purpose of frightening their insecure and cashing it. It is all about money, they are fooling you and several of us.

There was the “obsession” documentary fraught with misquotes and lies, some 2 million copies were shipped to frighten the Americans to vote the other way prior to November 4th elections. A few more documentaries were shown loaded with blatant lies, one of them was downright stupid but to the producer it had its effect, drill fear and gain favors, in that documentary, the propped up Non-Muslim French Expert on Islam was saying the dumbest things I have ever heard. I challenged the producer to pick up the phone and call any Muslim any where in the world to find it if Muslims don’t believe in the coming of Messiah.

We have a choice to know the truth, and I urge those who truly want peace and co-existence to set up a panel of conservatives, liberals and a whole bunch of moderates to review and answer the audience. Private showings to exclusive groups has an intent of evilness, if it is the truth, let it be in the open, let it be subject to questions and another point of view.

Ultimately it is not the Imam, Rabbi, Pastor, Pundit, Politician, Savior, Policy maker or the Clergy who is responsible for our pain, anguish, pangs of conscience, our actions and our bad intent; it is us who have to deal with it in our lonely moments. Men of God do not sell hate, they are about inclusion and love. We need to have true freedom to find the truth on our own.

Should we fund fear mongering or peace making? The choice is ours. I hope to wake you up and have you fund those who are working on mitigating conflicts and nurturing goodwill.

Mr. Wilders has read my piece linked below and is un-willing to retract the false statements he has made; he quoted them as if they are in Qur'aan, and they are not. His intent is not education but chaos. Wikipedia has made similar mistakes and even the prestigious University of Southern California's website has a quote ascribed to Qur'aan, even with a verse number to give the idea that it is legitimate, but that verse is not in Qur'aan either. Of course, only 1/10th of 1% of the extremists blindly believes in such statements without verifying.

Full article at:

Mike Ghouse is a Dallas based writer, blogger, speaker and a thinker. A frequent guest on talk radio and local television networks offering pluralistic perspectives on issues of the day. His comments, news analysis and columns can be found on the Websites and Blogs listed at his personal website


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saudi Arabia - A change is in the making

Saudi Arabia; a change is in the making

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was perhaps the first head of a government, who was secure enough to initiate the Madinah pact, one of the first Pluralist documents in the history of mankind that respected and accepted God's intentional diversity to remain intact.I sincerely hope, that the Saudi King will pave the way to make the land of the prophet to once again become a beacon of pluralism, that Islam was and I pray that God help the King achieve it. Amen.


Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker and a Writer on Pluralism, interfaith, peace, Islam and India. He is a frequent guest on talk radio and local television networks discussing these and the civic issues. His comments, news analysis and columns can be found on the Websites and Blogs listed at his personal website Mike is a Dallasite for nearly three decades and Carrollton is his home town. He can be reached at

Does Qur'aan incite Violence - II

Does Qur'aan incite Violence -II

Qur’aan does not incite violence; those who are violence prone believe that it is, as their mind set is based on fear and violence. It is the propaganda of Neocons; those who are insecure about their extremist values, worry about similar people in other groups. Neocons are extremist literalists like the Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus. They are all mirror images of each other.

Religion, yes, and every religion allays fears of the unknown, mitigates the apprehensions, gives hopes and brings a balance to an individual and what surrounds him; people and the environment.

Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker and a Writer on Pluralism, interfaith, terrorism, peace, Islam, Multiculturism and India. He is a frequent guest on talk radio and local television networks discussing these and the civic issues. His comments, news analysis and columns can be found on the Websites and Blogs listed at his personal website Mike is a Dallasite for nearly three decades and Carrollton is his home town. He can be reached at


Is Qur'aan perfect?

Is Qur'aan Perfect?

It is the true and final word of God for the Muslims who believe in it, it is not for the Christians, Hindus, Jews or others who are not familiar with it. However, if one sincerely understands the Qur'aan, he or she will find the essence of Justice, fairness; truth and peace resonate in Qur'aan as they may find it in their own scriptures.

Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker and a Writer on Pluralism, interfaith, terrorism, peace, Islam, Multiculturism and India. He is a frequent guest on talk radio and local television networks discussing these and the civic issues. His comments, news analysis and columns can be found on the Websites and Blogs listed at his personal website Mike is a Dallasite for nearly three decades and Carrollton is his home town. He can be reached at


Monday, February 9, 2009

Evolutionary Creation - 2009 Evolution Week

Evolutionary Creation - 2009 Evolution Week

Several Abrahimic Religious leaders 'assume' that evolution is in conflict with creationism. It frightens them about the unknown; which is human. They have an unquestionable need to believe that what they know is the final word of God; a different point of view is anathema to them. The non-Abrahimic faith followers need not gloat; a new idea is usually an abomination to someone or the other including some of them. Whether you are a believer in a God, or several or no God, you would still find a new idea bring insecurity, like some one has pulled the rug from under you and you are out of your comfort zone.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Holocaust and Genocides event - Sunday in Dallas


Our Mission is to create awareness of the inhumanity in all of us, and discover and create solutions for peaceful co-existence. We need to remind ourselves frequently to do our share to make the world a better place to live, vow to say “never again” to human atrocities, and at this annual occasion dare to practice the power of forgiveness.

Day: Sunday, January 25, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: UNITY CHURCH OF DALLAS, 6525 Forest Lane • Dallas, TX 75230
Contact: Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916


Dallas Morning News:

Details - Press release:

Mike Ghouse,
Event Chair (214) 325-1916

Sunday, January 18, 2009

PR- II Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides

II Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides
Sunday, January 25, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
211 N. Record St. Suite 100,
Dallas, TX 75202-3361

Admission is free - Your are invitedLimited Seating -
Please RSVP to:

You may become a part of the history as this event is a stepping stone towards Peace in the Middle east. Continued: