Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan says for peace to be achieved between Palestine and Israel, the international community must encourage mutual ceasefire, and follow-up with “massive confidence building on both sides”.
The decades old conflict, Jonathan said, Monday, “can never be resolved by nations and institutions taking sides”.
“I have been to both Israel and Palestine, and as a result, I have some understanding and appreciation of the human angles on both divides.
“Borders are often human constructs, but the Divine instruction we have is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
“The present conflict in that part of the world can never be resolved by nations and institutions taking sides. It can only be resolved by those living within the borders of Israel and Palestine taking time to understand each other until they come to a place where they can coexist, co-prosper and eventually cooperate.
For that to happen, what is needed, in the immediate term, is a ceasefire, followed by massive confidence building on both sides.
That is what the international community should aim for. Peace. It is achievable,” Jonathan wrote on his Facebook page.
The former President sued for peace in the rival countries, urging that every international support be towards deescalating the conflict, rather than escalating it.