In a 1970 resolution the National Association of Evangelicals affirmed “the rights of all nations in the Middle East, both Israeli and Arab, to exist as sovereign nations.”
In anticipation of possible Middle East negotiations that could deal with the issue of the national self-determination of the peoples involved, we call our churches to prayer and our government to action in support of:
Those specific statements in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, which call for the “Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial and integrity and political independence of every state in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;”
- The setting aside of past recriminations and malevolence among the antagonists;
- The plight of the refugees, be they Jew or Palestinian, and call upon the host countries to take positive steps toward the alleviation of their suffering;
- Border modifications that will insure the safety and security of all countries involved;
- A state of peace that will see the re-establishment of normal relations between nations and not merely an end of belligerency.
We affirm that the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable, that God has not rejected His people Israel nor forsaken the Arabs, but will yet fulfill His promise, “In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of Host has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands and Israel my inheritance. ” (Isaiah 19: 24, 25 NASB)