Churches urge candidates on peace


A coalition of U.S. mainstream churches urged presidential candidates to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority.

“Churches for Middle East Peace urges you – as a candidate, and if you succeed, as President – to support a two-state peace between Israelis and Palestinians as a top priority from the beginning of your administration and to commit yourself to stronger American diplomatic leadership toward the goal of a comprehensive regional settlement,” said the letter sent Aug. 9 to all candidates. “Both sides have made serious mistakes. Neither has grasped the suffering of the other, and peace making efforts by the United States and the international community have been inadequate.”

Churches for Middle East Peace brings together Protestant, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox , Mennonite and Quaker bodies.

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