Deerfield, IL – June 23, 2020
As a global family made of various nations and ethnicities, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is guided and informed by the Biblical principles of diversity, reconciliation and peaceful co-operation and co-existence. While recognizing the right of self-determination by any nation and the right of any nation to defend itself from harm, the WEA expresses deep concerns over plans for Israel to annex large areas of the West Bank.
The unilateral move that will be voted on at the beginning of next month risks ending any hope for a negotiated peace agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.
“While evangelicals around the world have wide-ranging views on the many complex issues in the Holy Land, there is no doubt that the proposed annexation plans are detrimental for Israelis and Palestinians alike, so we clearly oppose such plans. The WEA has Evangelical Alliance members representing both peoples and we seek and pray for peace and flourishing not only for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Israel and Palestine, but for everyone who lives in the Holy Land,” said Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA.
He added: “We pray for wisdom for all those involved and for a renewed commitment to negotiations where both sides respect each other’s existence and the needs of both peoples, refrain from discrimination and violence, and work in good faith towards solutions that will bring lasting peace.”
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 9 regional and 134 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA’s mission is to establish and strengthen regional and national Evangelical Alliances, who in turn enable their national Church to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect personal and community transformation for the glory of God. For more information, visit Worldea.org.