Presbyterian Church (USA) Considers Adopting Anti-Israel Policy
UCN : A mainline Christian denomination may adopt an anti-Israel resolution at its upcoming annual meeting in protest of the nation's settlements in the so-called "Palestinian territories."
But a second-generation Messianic Jew contends the denominational leaders' thinking about the Jewish state is wrong.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is considering a move that targets divestment from specific companies doing business with Israel. Joel Chernoff, executive director of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), believes the Arabs are the ones trying to occupy Jewish land.
"[God] loves Jewish people, and he has a purpose and a plan for them," Chernoff notes. "He also loves the sons of Ishmael, who became the Arabs, and he promised the Ishmaelites, he promised the Arabs 12 nations alongside of the one nation that he gave to Israel, and they have now grown to 22 nations, 350 million people, which is the same size as the United States. And God has kept his promises to the sons of Ishmael and blessed them, but we feel it's a fairness issue."
Chernoff tells OneNewsNow divestment from Israel only damages the relationship between the Christian and the Jewish communities, diminishes the possibility of genuine negotiations for peace, and encourages violence and extremism.