This spring, in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would proceed with formal annexation of significant parts of the West Bank as early as July 1, CMEP launched its Churches Against Annexation campaign to ensure there was a clear Christian voice opposing annexation. Throughout the summer, CMEP has continued our advocacy with Congressional offices, bringing the voices of supporters along to press Congress to ensure U.S. policy does not provide diplomatic cover for or fund annexation. As of this writing, the Israeli government has not yet proceeded with formal annexation, though Prime Minister Netanyahu recently made clear in an interview that he remains committed to his annexation plans.
It is critically important we continue to speak out against annexation. U.S. policy should encourage a resolution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine that will result in equality and human rights for all. The unilateral Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank would entrench inequalities and abuses of Palestinians’ human rights for the foreseeable future. We invite you (individuals and churches) to join us in opposing annexation by adding your name to the public statement we are issuing as part of our Churches Against Annexation campaign.