Religious Leaders React to Gaza Violence

UNDATED AP) - Pope Benedict is calling for a cease-fire in Gaza
and the resumption of peace talks. He condemns violence in all its forms.

Benedict's new appeal came as part of a broad-ranging speech to the Holy See's diplomatic corps. He said a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip is indispensable for restoring acceptable living conditions
to the population.

More than 700 Palestinians have died in the attacks, and Israel has been widely condemned for killing dozens of civilians and creating a humanitarian crisis.

Israel says its offensive in Gaza is aimed at stopping Hamas rocket-fire into Israel.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Jonathan Falwell, says the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip is a just war.

The son of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell says Hamas has been terrorizing Israeli settlers and that no other country would stand for it, either.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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