Before President Barack Obama met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 28 Christians leaders, including a few prominent Baptists, Lutherans and Presbyterians and the Rev. Jim Wallis, a liberal evangelical close to Obama, sent the president a letter urging Israel agree to Palestinian statehood and settle the I-P conflict with two states.
A portion of the letter, via JTA:
“Our pledge to you is to continue to build constituencies that will advocate for a just political settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict We request that you call upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to embrace the principle of a two-state solution. As members of your administration have already suggested, we share a concern about how Israeli settlements make that solution less and less possible. Furthermore, we are concerned that a way be found immediately to open the Gaza borders in a manner that respects both humanitarian and security concerns.”