Driving conflict

May 2, 2013

It is hard to conceive of a more one-sided document than the report on the "promised land" shortly to go to the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.

Although it speaks of "justice", its bias against Israel is so pronounced that it mocks the very word: and though it speaks too of "reconciliation", it is difficult to find a single sentence that is likely to aid the search for peace. The report makes no mention of Arab opposition to partition that led to conflict.

It appears oblivious to the violent anti-Jewish rejectionism of Hamas. Worse, it cannot accept any legitimate biblical grounds for Jewish attachment to Israel. Last year, the Anglican Communion produced a much longer - and much more balanced - report which emphasised that Israel was an "established nation state" whose inhabitants had the right to live in peace and security, and that the Jewish connection with Israel and Jerusalem should be "taken seriously" by Christians.

It is a pity the authors of the Church of Scotland report did not pay more attention to it.

Last updated: 5:45pm, May 2 2013