World Council of Churches urges stop to settlements, but Isreal moving ahead
Israeli policy "very hard to understand"
Oct 06, 2009
The World Council of Churches has called on the Israeli government to “implement an open-ended freeze” on all settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem “in preparation for negotiating peace in good faith” in the region.
“Even as Israel’s own right to exist evokes sympathy and solidarity around the world, its policies of expansion and annexation generate dismay or hostility,” asserted the WCC’s Central Committee, its main governing body, at a closing session September 2 in Geneva.
The statement also called on world governments to “distinguish between the legitimate interests of the state of Israel and its illegal settlements.”
However, Israel signaled its intent on September 4 to construct hundreds of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. The decision by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was leaked to Israeli news media and confirmed by an Israeli official.