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A spray-painted sign on the side of a small factory building in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo by Stephanie Jaeger 

Can we talk about Israel?

For several years I met with a group of Christian and Jewish leaders to discuss the Middle East. Jewish participants were concerned that mainline Protestant churches seemed unbalanced in their attitudes about Israel. Christian participants wondered why Jews seemed consistently uncritical of Israel. After many intense and difficult conversations, we produced a statement. Two of the most significant understandings that we reached were:


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