November 18 it was announced by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo that the U.S. Administration is changing current U.S. policy related to the legality of Israeli civilian settlements in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo, reversing 30 years of U.S. policy stated that the “establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.” This change in policy is significant and deeply concerning because it changes an important understanding that has been in place for more than 30 years. It will impact our partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land significantly.
I appreciate Bishop Eaton speaking out and we look to continue to learn from and accompany our partners in Israel/Palestine and Jordan. We also have this letter from our partner bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Bishop Ibrahim Azar is a wise and faithful pastor and shepherd. Please listen to his words as we seek to accompany our Lutheran siblings in the Holy Land. We pray for a peaceful and just solution to this conflict for all people who call this land home. #NTNL #ELCJHL #InMissionTogether