Signers say they support Israel’s right to security and the Palestinians’ right to a sovereign and secure state of their own.
Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church is among 30 Christian leaders who on Tuesday voiced their support for President Obama´s vision for resolving the thorny issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Other who signed from mainline church leaders are Rev. Mark Hanson, who is the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The signatories are a diverse group of over 30 religious people, including rabbis and imams.
Signers say they support Israel’s right to security and the Palestinians’ right to a sovereign and secure state of their own. They also called for bold U.S. leadership to assist both parties in making difficult decisions and to hold each party accountable if they fail to fulfill their commitments.
«At the appropriate time, we will support the administration if it decides to present proposals for a just and equitable solution that provides dignity, security and sovereignty for both peoples», vowed the leaders.
The public letter was released on the same day Obama concluded bilateral meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York. The Middle East conflict will be one of the main agendas debated this week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where more than 120 heads of state and government have convened.
Obama told the two leaders Tuesday that it was time for them to restart negotiation and move forward, according to CNN.
The letter-campaign was coordinated by «Churches for Middle East Peace». Among those who signed were also David Neff, the editor in chief of Christianity Today.
If the land of Caanaan belongs to the Jewish people, than Christan leaders are wrong in demanding a return of Judea and Samaria to be occupied by Islam.
The only correct view from Christian leaders, will be to express what the Word of God is saying. To support Obama´s faulty views on Israel for political or tactical reasons, will not be taking lightly by God of the Bible.
The Jewish prophet Joel is very clear , when he states that the land of Israel shall not be divided.
I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
So, who are these Christian leaders who put them self above the Word of God?
They will not escape judgment. They will need to repent or perish.
When Israel gave up its control of Gaza, did the Middle East get peace? Where is the Christian demand for a Islamic recognition of the Jewish state of Israel?