Christian heads in Israel, PA warn against unilateral moves

By Amiram Barkat

Haaretz

Nisan 1, 5766

The leaders of the Christian faith in Israel and the Palestinian territories expressed concern over the possibility that the newly elected Israeli government will continue its unilateral withdrawal from the territories: "On this occasion we wish to express our concerns regarding the frequent talks on Israeli intentions to proceed in implementing unilateral measures in the West Bank, while seemingly ignoring the Palestinians and their democratically-elected leadership," they said.

In a special announcement published Wednesday in English and Arabic, following the results of the election to the 17th Knesset, the Christian leaders urged the international community "to explain to all parties, but especially to the Israeli decision makers, who are the dominant decision-makers for the time-being in the holy land, that unilateral measures will probably bring some temporary solutions, but such measures will not end the mutual mistrust and misunderstanding between the two peoples living in this beloved and blessed land."

The Christians then proceed to address the Israeli and Palestinian governments saying: "We urge the elected Israeli leadership to demonstrate courage and wisdom by resuming the peace process with the Palestinians.

At the same time, we urge the Palestinian leaders to send a clear message of peace to the Israeli citizens, as well. We are confident that the vast majority of the Israelis and Palestinians are tired from the Conflict and eager to live in security, peace and justice."