Five hundred participants at the European Parliament Prayer Breakfast in Brussels last Wednesday listened intently to a Palestinian Christian leader and others who are suffering under the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Vengeance begets vengeance, but Christians should be able to show that another way is possible, writes a Palestinian Christian journalist in Jordan.
Reactions from evangelical Christians in France, UK, Spain, Germany, and the European Evangelical Alliance.
Two Christians explain how they are experiencing the outbreak of war. “It is impossible not to think about God and how He may be guiding these events”, says Andrés from Tel Aviv.
Evangelical churches across the country have gathered "to pray that God will protect and bring peace to both sides", the Evangelical Alliance of Israel says.
As Christians we certainly do have a vision about future peace. We believe in the “Prince of Peace”, the one who is forming a people for Himself out of all the nations.
He was expelled from Rototom Sunsplash in Benicàssim after the pressure of Palestinian supporters. Although the festival invited him back later, the judicial process had continued.
The World Evangelical Alliance admits there are “wide-ranging views” on the issue, but believes Netanyahu’s plans are “detrimental for Israelis and Palestinians alike”.
The proposal has been rejected internationally. “It is not a peace agreement, but just a ‘vision’ or ‘plan’, and that does not mean much to Israel”, a Israeli professor of international relations says.
At least 55 Palestinian protesters die in clashes with Israeli troops in Gaza. The “alliance between the US and Israel is stronger than ever”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says at the opening ceremony.
The motion condemns Israel on several issues regarding Jerusalem and its holy sites. Due to Israeli efforts, no European country backed the motion.
He was respected for achieving peace accords with the Palestinians.