The Jewish Week website reports today (March 18, 2010) that a committee of the Presbyterian Church USA has recommended that the church call for freezing all U.S. aid to Israel until it halts building in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, withdraws from the Occupied Territories, and moves the separation barrier to the 1967 border.
The recommendations will be considered in July, 2010 by the church's General Assembly -- the leadership body of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination -- which is comprised of some three million members.
Rev. Ron Shive of Burlington, North Carolina, chairman of the Church's Middle East Study Committee, said its report and recommendations are "for the most part a re-emphasis of things the church has said for decades, including believing in a shared Jerusalem."
Israel's announcement last week of plans to build 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem has enraged the White House, and has resulted in the worst United States-Israeli relations during the past four decades.