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Oct 04, 2007 at 12:00 AM

BBC News, October 4th, 2007 

Three senior bishops have made public a letter they wrote to the prime minister about hopes for peace in the Middle East after he failed to reply.

The letter, written three months ago, accused Israel of undermining the chance of a future Palestinian state.

The Bishops of Exeter, Winchester and Coventry believe only a two-state solution will create peace.

But they said that this would soon become impossible unless international pressure was placed on Israel.

The Bishop of Exeter, Michael Langrish, the Bishop of Winchester, Michael Scott-Joynt, and the Bishop of Coventry, Colin Bennetts, sent the letter privately to Gordon Brown on June 13, and decided to make it public after failing to get a response.

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