Addressing the question of working for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) encouraged Presbyterians to "focus our energy on the United States government, demanding that it assume an intensive and unrelenting role as a peacemaker, bringing together the opposing parties in forums where reasonable people can reach reasonable compromises about highly complex issues."
Churches for a Middle East Peace provides an opportunity to do that by contacting members of the House of Representatives asking them to support the Obama Administration's efforts to encourage both parties to get serious about the resumption of meaningful
The sample letter reads in part:
"The actions needed from both sides are as clear as ever: Palestinians must halt violence and improve governance, while Israelis must halt settlement expansion and allow the secure movement of people and goods.
I support U.S. leadership in its efforts to hold both sides – Israel and the Palestinians – accountable for the individual and collective responsibilities."