As the Presbyterian Church (USA) prepares to discuss divestment proposals designed to influence Israeli policy at its General Assembly in Detroit, June 14-21, leaders of the international organizations speaking for the Messianic Jewish community have responded with a strong statement of support for Israel.
Through continuing efforts to pressure and marginalize Israel through boycotts and economic sanctions, the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly will consider proposals to pressure Israel through financial divestment.
Amid reports of growing worldwide anti-Semitism, the church’s Israel/Palestine Mission Network offers “Zionism Unsettled,” a study guide that explicitly delegitimizes Israel as a Jewish state. In the face of such actions, the international Messianic Jewish community expresses its unwavering support for the Jewish homeland in Israel.
The international Messianic Jewish community supports the right of the state of Israel to exist within safe and secure borders, and the right of all Israelis to freely live and travel without the threat of terrorism.
The IMJA affirms the historic connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, as well as God’s promise to give the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the land of Israel as an eternal inheritance. As Scripture states:
“I will establish My covenant with you as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and to your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17:7-8)
The IMJA further recognizes that the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel in modern times that was foretold by the prophets:
“Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:23-24).
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SOURCE: International Messianic Jewish Alliance