More on the Church of England Gobal Anglican Future Conference to be held in Jerusalem this June, before the Lambeth Conference, which is held in London.
The article cites Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, whose condemnation of the Church of England Synod vote to divest from companies in Israel may well have been one of the factors which has led to this decision to meet here before the London Lambeth Conference.
I remember Lord Carey, in February 2006, ringing me out of the blue and asking me to join his Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, as well as (more difficult this) persuade the Chief Rabbi of the UK to speak out against the divestment call.
Recently the Chief Rabbi of the UK has written some sensible and overdue articles on the perilous situation of the Jewish community in the UK, as a result of the antisemitism which has been caused by decisions of various organs and institutions to demonize and/or boycott Israel. However, he has confined himself to the Jewish press.
I now look forward to a major article on this subject in the mainstream popular British media, as well as in his normal BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day slot.
Meanwhile, it appears from the Jerusalem Post article that the Church of England clergy meeting here in Israel have publicly recognized that the threat to the Christian communities in the West Bank and Gaza come from Muslim extremism.
Many look forward to the so-called 'liberal' wing of the Church (represented by Lambeth and others) also publicly accepting this fact and condemning the situation for what it is. Anything else can only be called appeasement.
The 'liberal' wing of the Church of England may be interested in the words of the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, David Rosen, who, in a recent letter to the Irish Times, stated that the present security barrier (who some liberals have likened to Buchenwald Concentration Camp) actually represents a
land relinquishment - something which I personally believe will be to the
ultimate benefit of both Israelis and Palestinians as it psychologically
prepares the way for the separation desired, ironically, by the majority of
both peoples, but prevented by violent extremists whom the Palestinian
leadership has been unable or unwilling to control.
Rabbi Rosen is one of the Israeli members of the Anglican-Jewish Commission, which I reported on here in an article entitled:
It appears from the Jerusalem Post article that members of the Global Anglican Future Conference meeting here in June seem to have a better understanding of the Hebrew Bible than some, and no doubt also understand why half the world's Jewish population has now made its home in Israel.
Not 'land grab' at all then, but rightful inheritance, a bit like the Tibetans really.