In the past month, 40 Palestinians and eight Israelis have died in violence rocketing the Holy Land over issues of access to Holy Sites in Jerusalem. Yet, as the violence continues, one action has remained noticeably absent during the uprising - talks between leaders aim at ending the violence.
While Israeli leaders have naturally condemned attacks upon Jews and Palestinian have rightfully condemned the heavy handed disproportionate deaths of Palestinians, leaders on both sides are yet to sit down together in an effort to quell an uprising that could easily fester and devour the region in another full-blown conflict.
Now is the opportune time for both Palestinian and Israeli leaders to talk and to clarify the intent and purposes of both sides with a view to respecting the right of the Israeli people to survive and to recognizing the full dignity of the Palestinian people to dwell in their lands.
Until these leaders finally lead, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and beyond stand at risk of experiencing more violence.