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Peace in the Mideast

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson was among U.S. Christian leaders who wrote to President Barack Obama asking for renewed diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"With rapid change under way in the Arab world, we believe the time to act is now — before events make the task of reaching an agreement more difficult," the 20 leaders of Lutheran, Episcopal, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches wrote in a March 7 letter.

They also expressed disappointment that the U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that called Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories illegal.

Read the letter at the website of Churches for Middle East Peace.


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