Several Jewish organizations have cancelled participation in the
next meeting of a Christian-Jewish Roundtable.
The meetings were to be held with several mainline denominations
that have been critical of Israel and some companies that do
business with the Jewish homeland. Mark Tooley of The Institute on
Religion & Democracy (IRD) tells OneNewsNow the Jewish
groups took the action after the Christian groups
sent a letter to the U.S. Congress.
effect they're questioning U.S. military aid to Israel and urging
investigation of ostensible Israeli human rights violations,"
Jewish groups feel the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,
the Presbyterian Church USA, and the United Methodist Council of
Bishops are blaming Israel exclusively for the absence of peace in
the Middle East.
"They see this as a very biased and unjust stance -- calling
into question whether or not they can continue to be interfaith
partners with these churches," the IRD president notes.
But he goes on to point out that those denominations have a
history of being anti-Israel -- "in terms of their pronouncements
from their spokespersons over the last 30 years, very much so."
While cancelling the meeting, the Jewish groups have asked for a
special summit with leaders of the denominations so that Jewish
leaders can share their stances. But Tooley thinks "it's unlikely
that the elites of these denominations are going to shift course in
terms of their anti-Israel stance."