‘Pray for Jerusalem’:
A call for prayer from the Primate
I join a growing chorus of voices raising serious concerns over President Donald Trump’s December 6th declaration that Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel and his decision to relocate the US Embassy Office from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Numerous world leaders have reacted with dismay.
In advance of Trump’s intention to take such action, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, including the Anglican Archbishop Suheil Dawani had written him a letter. Here is an excerpt.
“We are certain that such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land moving us further from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division. 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.
Our solemn advice and pleas is for the United States to continue recognizing the present international status of Jerusalem. Any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm. We are confident that, with strong support from our friends, Israelis and Palestinians can work towards negotiating a sustainable and just peace, benefiting all who long for the Holy City of Jerusalem to fulfil its destiny.
The Holy City can be shared and fully enjoyed once a political process helps liberate the hearts of all people, that live within it, from the conditions of conflict and destructiveness that they are experiencing.”
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