Evangelical coalition favors creation of Palestinian state
Ron Sider leads coalition
Aug 21, 2007
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.