Monday, February 7, 2011

Churches Back UN Proposal on Israeli Building; Seek End to Building in West Bank, E. Jerusalem

The Ekklesia website reports today (February 7, 2011) that a coalition of U.S. church bodies is calling on the Obama administration not to block a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution seeking an end to construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Washington-based coalition, Churches for Middle East Peace, said in a recent statement that it wants the Obama administration "not to stand in the way" of the resolution which, the coalition said, "reflects language that the United States has historically used to describe settlement construction activity: illegal, an obstacle to peace, and not legitimate."

The coalition also said it wants the U.S. to "spur both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take decisive new steps toward a comprehensive peace agreement."

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