Earlier this month, a committee created by a 2008 vote of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly issued a report that asserts Israel is largely responsible for the continued existence of the Arab-Israeli conflict. One section of this report affirms
The contradictory messages about Jewish sovereignty given by this committee should not come as a surprise given that one of its members, Rev. Marthame Sanders, has expressed support for a one-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In most organizations, such an opinion would disqualify someone as a member of a committee charged with providing a comprehensive report about the
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Sanders expressed support for a one state solution on the “Salt Films” website in 2001. The full text of the article is no longer available on the site itself, but it is available at archive.org here.
In what Sanders called an “energetic” dialogue with a correspondent who expressed anger over the corrupt incompetence of Arab and Palestinian leaders, Sanders wrote:
I believe, with all of my heart, that the only true, just, and lasting peace in Israel/Palestine will be achieved when there is a single, binational state. This nation will be bilingual. It will have one capital,
. It will offer Right of Return for all people of Jewish and Palestinian ancestry. It will provide equal rights to its Palestinian citizens. Settlements will be called villages, and its civilian population will no longer be armed. Resources will be distributed equally. All shall serve in its military. It will necessarily set up a framework similar to Jerusalem ‘s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It will be constitutional, and it will be a democracy. South Africa
We want to be sure to say to you in no uncertain terms: we support the existence of Israel as a sovereign nation within secure and recognized borders. No “but,” no “let’s get this out of the way so we can say what we really want to say. We support Israel’s existence as granted by the U.N. General Assembly. We support Israel’s existence as a home for the Jewish people. We have said this before, and we say this again. We say this because we believe it; we say it because we want it to be true.
Rev. Sander’s attempt to posit a false equivalence between the Palestinian Authority under Arafat and the Israeli government demonstrates just how unable he is to discern the fundamental differences between
Rev. Sanders’ presence on a study committee about the