Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 5/21/2009 5:00:00 AM A messianic Jewish leader says the "Religious Left" in America simply fails to understand the futility of continuing to pursue a "two-state solution" to the Palestinian problem.
Last week a group of liberal theologians met at the Carter Center in Atlanta for two days of discussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the close of the conference, they crafted a letter to President Barack Obama supporting his push for a two-state solution and calling for an immediate opening of the Gaza borders.
The letter refers to a "rising hope" that the theologians sense. "That hope is grounded in the growing consensus across the Christian community that supports a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" resulting in a "lasting two-state solution and an end to conflict in the region...," the letter states.
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries in Minnesota, says the Religious Left continues to live in a state of delusion concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"Do we see the Palestinian community having changed any policies toward Israel? Have both Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah taken out of their charters that the State of Israel needs to be annihilated?" she asks. "They wouldn't take any of those things out of their charters -- and yet the Religious Left perpetually just looks the other way and says 'Israel, you've got to try harder.'"
According to Markell, the Religious Left cannot stand the State of Israel. "If it weren't so horrific, it would be laughable," she laments.
Markell says sadly the vast majority of the world goes along with the Religious Left's belief in a two-state solution.
The group Christians United for Israel apparently is not among the "Christian community" referred to in the letter to the president. That group believes the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and maintains there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against the tiny nation.