Bush urged to work on Mideast conflict

Leaders request presidential envoy
Representing 28 U.S. religious organizations, a diverse group of leaders has appealed to President Bush to make every effort in his second term to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East—made up of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders—requested that the administration appoint a special presidential envoy to the region and negotiate a timeline for steps to be taken by the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.

In a news conference at the National Press Club last month, the leaders also called for increased international economic aid to improve security and promote development for the Palestinian people.


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