Pastors urge Bush not to press Israel

Leaders of a pro-Israel evangelical group urged President Bush not to press Israel to relinquish any land.

“We are opposed to America pressuring Israel to give up more land to anyone for any reason,” said the letter sent last week by 51 church officials aligned with Christians United for Israel. “Land-for-peace is a failed policy of the past that has produced nothing but more war.”

The July 26 letter was released Tuesday to media in the wake of a New York Times report of a July 29 letter from 34 evangelical leaders to Bush calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Those leaders said they wrote to “correct a serious misperception among some people including some U.S. policymakers that all American evangelicals are opposed to a two-state solution and creation of a new Palestinian state that includes the vast majority of the West Bank.”

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