Evangelical coalition favors creation of Palestinian state

Ron Sider leads coalition
A coalition of evangelical leaders is attempting to “correct a serious misperception” that all evangelicals oppose establishing a Palestinian state.

Led by Ron Sider, a professor at American Baptist–affiliated Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and head of Evangelicals for Social Action, the coalition sent a letter to President Bush expressing support for a proposed two-state solution.

“The only way to bring the tragic cycle of violence to an end,” reads the July 27 letter, “is for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a just, lasting agreement that guarantees both sides viable, independent, secure states.”

Historically, evangelicals have adopted a pro-Israel stance in defense of the biblical “chosen people.” The letter reflects a more nuanced perspective on the conflict—one that affirms legitimate property rights on both sides while also placing blame for violence on both sides.


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