Bishops of the ELCA have called on the Obama administration to "remain firm" in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian impasse. In an Oct. 13 letter, 58 of 65 synod bishops and the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) expressed concern over the stalemate and the "fading hopes" for a two-state solution. "We urge the U.S. to insist upon an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land as well as an end to Palestinian violence against Israelis," the letter said.
The ELCA obviously is continuing its anti-Israel posture by accusing Israel for its "occupation of Palestinian land." This so-called occupation refers to East Jerusalem among other areas. While the bishops' letter mentions "Palestinian violence," it fails to mention that Israel gave the entire Gaza Strip over to the Palestinians and still they continue to attack Israel from that same area.