In an open letter to US President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said US recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences.
“We have been following, with concern, the reports about the possibility of changing how the United States understands and deals with the status of Jerusalem. We are certain that such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division,” the Christian leaders said, just hours before Trump announced the US was recognising Jerusalem as the capital and relocating the US embassy.
They appealed to Trump to take their viewpoint into consideration, as did the leaders who met at Camp David in July 2000 to decide the status of Jerusalem. The Christian leaders said their “solemn advice and plea” for the president was to continue recognising the international status of Jerusalem.
“We ask you, Mr. President, to help us all walk toward more love and a definitive peace, which cannot be reached without Jerusalem being for all,” they said on Wednesday 6th December.
Picture: The gold-covered Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount complex is seen in this overview of Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday 6th December. In an open letter to US President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said US recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill).