Pastors and elders for responsible and effective Middle East peacemaking policies
Must See Videos
Videos of the presentations from the Presbyterians for Middle East Peace breakfast meeting at the 2012 GA, Partnering for Middle East Peace, are now available for viewing.
Addressing the Issues
Why divestment should be rejected
The True Agenda: the End of the Jewish State of Israel
The Sound of a Forest Growing
Palestinian-Israeli cooperation advances peace
Presbyterian Outook Debate: Investment versus Divestment
Sowing the Seeds of Peace
Investment versus Boycott: Important facts to consider
The facts on Caterpillar Tractor
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction: Lacking a Consensus
The "apartheid" charge against Israel is wrong, is unjust, and will not advance the cause of peace in the Middle East.
The Middle East “Road Map to Peace”calls for a two state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Two Essential Principles for Presbyterian peacemaking in the Middle East
The Kairos Palestine document is seriously flawed, and should be approached carefully.
Statement of Principles
The best path forward is the two-state Solution
We believe that majorities in both Israel and Palestine want peace and want it sooner rather than later. Operating on that assumption, the best path to peace is the “two-state solution”, with Israel the homeland of the Jewish people and Palestine the homeland of the Palestinian people. The borders between Israel and Palestine should be negotiated between parties with fair and sensible land swaps that include considerations for Israel’s future security and Palestine’s economic viability.
Ending the conflict comes first
We strongly believe that an end to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a necessary condition for creation of a Palestinian state, and that the conflict is the root cause of the Israeli military presence in and around the disputed Palestinian territories. If there were no conflict, there would be no occupation.
Both peoples must embrace peace
We believe that peace can only be achieved when both the people of Israel and the Palestinian people broadly support a peaceful two-state solution. These are necessary conditions, and only then can government leaders of both sides successfully negotiate the final details of peace.
Pluralism and tolerance benefit everyone
We believe that both Israel and the future state of Palestine will benefit from embracing pluralism and policies of non-discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or religion.
Progress toward peace should be recognized and supported
We endorse Palestinian efforts directed at discouraging violence, building civil institutions and promoting civil rights, establishing the rule of law, promoting democracy, and expanding economic opportunity. We believe that both Palestinian and Israeli leaders, and the international community, deserve recognition and gratitude for the substantial progress made.
The threats and barriers to peace cannot be ignored
We believe it is wrong to trivialize or ignore the fact that Israel today faces factions and groups that openly call for the Jewish State’s violent destruction and threaten it’s people. Groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah are the primary obstacle to the two-state solution and make the Israeli military presence in and around Palestinian territories necessary. These groups, and others that oppose peace and call for the destruction of Israel, must be rejected by the Palestinian people before a Palestinian state can be created.