Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Toronto-based Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
Bruce Gregersen, a minister and a member of the Church’s Working Group on Israel-Palestine Policy, said the acceptance of a Jewish state is in a fuller report released in May that was used as the basis for the four-page resolution that was debated this week.
“There’s no easy answer to why it was left out of the resolution. The working group spent a great deal of time on the issue, and I think felt that the depth it went into [the recognition of a Jewish state] in the report — probably the most substantive section — was adequate,” Rev. Gregersen said.
The report states that the church recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state but goes on to say the church has not defined what it means by the term Jewish state. It also said the term “has become confusing and problematic for some partners of the United Church and for many inside and outside the church.”
Said Rev. Love: “There is a disturbing level of arrogance that we would attempt to define the identity to another country.”
He said putting the issue of a Jewish state in the resolution would have opened a great source of contention at the council meeting.
Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Toronto-based Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said Israel does not need the church’s approval, but the absence of any overt support from the resolution further tarnishes the United Church’s image.
By Charles Lewis - life.nationalpost.com