Zionist Organization of America Criticizes Church Leaders Calling for Congress to Re-Evaluate Aid to Israel
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the leadership of the American Lutheran, Methodist, UCC churches and the National Council of Churches, who wrote to Congress calling for Congress to consider ceasing U.S. military funding for Israel.
In their letter to Members of Congress, the fifteen church leaders said, “As Christian leaders in the United States, it is our moral responsibility to question the continuation of unconditional U.S. financial assistance to the government of Israel. Realizing a just and lasting peace will require this accountability, as continued U.S. military assistance to Israel – offered without conditions or accountability – will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories … We request, therefore, that Congress hold Israel accountable to these standards by making the disbursement of U.S. military assistance to Israel contingent on the Israeli government’s compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “These church leaders are basically saying that Israel should be bullied by financial pressure into concessions to the unreconstructed, terror-supporting Palestinian Authority (PA), which does not accept Israel as a Jewish state and has not fulfilled its 19-year old commitments under the signed Oslo agreements to arrest terrorists, dismantle terrorist groups and end the incitement to hatred and murder that suffuses the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps. In fact, the PA refuses to negotiate at all and has not done so for several years. Indeed, it is shocking that, despite all these things, these church leaders have not criticized the $600 million in U.S. aid to the PA or called for the PA to fulfill its signed commitments.
“At a time when Americans are being assaulted in countries across the Middle East (other than Israel) and at a time when Egypt, the most populous Arab state, has fallen under the domination of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, whose leaders have spoken with gusto about the coming demise of America, these church leaders are obsessed with penalizing and pressuring one country – Israel. Their preoccupation with and animus against the Jewish state seems boundless and is not disguised with pompous and insincere talk about their ‘moral responsibility’ to call for restricting aid to Israel.
“It is a sad spectacle when the leadership of these churches does not reflect the reality of American Christians and Americans in general whom, as repeated polls demonstrate, have a keen sense of friendship and sympathy for Israel and, far from wishing Congress to harm Israel in any way, would like the U.S. Government to be strongly supportive of Israel.”
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