Western Cape clergy group call on government to reconsider stance on Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel at night (PHOTO: Tel Aviv University webpage)

“We, the Concerned Clergy of the Western Cape (CCWC), hereby call on the South African community and its governmental leaders to recognise that Israel is a sovereign state and it exists today because the Lord God of Israel has by covenant given her the land.”

So says the Christian leaders group in a media statement that continues: “We declare that Israel in her sovereignty has every right to defend its borders and citizens. This country is so small that it can be likened to the size of the Kruger National Park, yet has miraculously throughout history survived and turned the arid desert into a productive, luscious, innovative nation.

“We therefore cannot stand by and condone the lies propagated by organizations such as the BDS/Africa4Palestine, Media, United Nations and others who despise the Jewish People with false declarations that Israel is an apartheid state. This nation from the beginning has experienced much persecution, being exiled, sold into slavery, the holocaust and the list just continues.

“We, the CCWC, condemn these acts of violence in its strongest terms. In Matthew 25 Jesus talks about the judgment of the nations and says that they will be judged by how they treated his brethren – The Jewish People.

“In the Bible, Genesis 12:3 declares that those who curse Israel will be cursed and those who bless her will be blessed. They are God’s chosen people and we cannot place ourselves in opposition without detriment to ourselves.

“Israel, despite the harsh treatment and isolation aimed at her, has shared her knowledge and innovations with the world and the world has vastly benefitted from their Science, Computing, Defense, Medical, Agricultural technology and many more. They have been at the forefront to assist countries world-wide when disaster struck their Nation. That is what the Bible speaks about them being a blessing to the Nations that blesses them.

“We, the CCWC, believe that there is so much that South Africa can benefit from its relationship with Israel.

“We clearly understand that Israel is not by any means perfect. We continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem where the Israelis and Palestinians would find a peaceful solution to co-exist together. We also call on the South African government to rather maintain a neutral and unbiased attitude towards the positions of both Israel and the Palestinians.

“We, the CCWC, wish to appeal to the South African Government to seriously reconsider the passing of the Bill to downgrade the Israeli Embassy. We are asking that this does not take place.

“In conclusion, we state that our support and stand with Israel is based on the Bible, therefore when others curse Israel, we will bless Israel, when others try to force Israel to divide its land, we will stand with the God and the people of Israel.”

8 Comments

  1. AMEN AND AMEN…..WE SHOOT OURSELVES IN THE FOOT WHEN WE DISREGUARD THE WILL AND WORD OF FATHER GOD!! Common SA lets wise up and pray for ISRAEL….BOTH JEWS AND PALESTINIANS . LETS BE PEACEMAKERS WHO SOW IN PEACE. AND REAP A HARVEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS JAMES 3 :18

  2. May the message get through to our government that South African Christians want to facilitate reconciliation and peace in the Middle East!

    • Simon P P Martheze

      Amen, my beloved WCCG brethren.
      I applaud your wonderful and scriptural stance in this matter. And especially for your support for Israel.
      May the rest of the church follow your lead. And may this nation, under God one day also support Israel as a nation under God.
      I pray that your approach would reach blessed success in many ways.
      The Lord bless, Pastor Simon Martheze

  3. Jaylin Sundragasa

    Amen. We stand with Isreal in praying for the peace of Jerusalem and salvation of both Jews and Palastians. That’s what God asks of us and we yeild

  4. Suzette van Rooyen

    Well done to members of CCWC. You are to be commended for your stance. God can only bless your province for the stand that you have taken. God’s Word is true and you bring a curse upon yourself when you oppose the nation of Israel. At the moment our country is considered a goat nation according to Matthew 25. We pray that our leaders will turn SA back to being a sheep nation.

  5. We say yes and amen to what the ccwc is saying ,and we stand by Isreal ,and we pray for our government and leaders ,to make the stand for Israel so our nation will be blessed and prosper as the word of God says in gen12v3 about blessing and curses ,and in deuteronomy 28 speaks of blessing of obdiance , so that is what we want for our country

  6. I believe in Gods word and therefore
    I stand with the CCWC and agree with them in our stand together for Israel and pray that our nation will be a sheep nation not a goat nation as Matt 25 says .

  7. HalleluYah! Thank You Church Leaders for taking a stand for God’s People. May The Lord richly bless His People in South Africa, as our hearts are united with Yeshurun, Our Beloved Israel!