2018-07-04 / World News

Presbyterian Church critical of Israel, but urges ‘reconciliation’

The Presbyterian Church USA passed several resolutions critical of Israel at its biennial General Assembly, including one that opposes laws in the United States meant to counter boycotts of Israel and a one-sided critique of Israeli policy in Gaza.

However, delegates also approved resolutions encouraging reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, rejected language opposing foreign and military aid to Israel, and adopted a new policy calling for a “durable cease-fire” in Syria.

The church considered 11 resolutions on Israel at its 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis.

Ethan Felson, executive director of the Israel Action Network, noted that the reconciliation, foreign aid and Syria resolutions were positive developments for a body that in recent years has been sharply at odds with the pro-Israel community. (JTA)

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