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July 27, 2005
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A liberal U.S. church coalition that in the past has criticized Israel expressed appreciation for its planned Gaza withdrawal and compassion for settlers. Churches for Middle East Peace, comprising 21 Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches, wrote Monday to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that it “appreciates your decision to withdraw Israeli settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank. We feel compassion for the people who must move from their homes and for the whole of Israeli society during this difficult time that has generated many strong feelings.”

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