January 13, 2017
Declaration of Ebenezer Operation Exodus regarding the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements
We, the International Board of Ebenezer Operation Exodus, along with Ebenezer workers and volunteers in more than 50 nations worldwide, do not accept UNSC Resolution 2334 adopted on 23 December 2016. The resolution falsely claims that Israeli settlements in Samaria and Judea, including East Jerusalem, have “no legal validity” and constitute “a flagrant violation under international law”. This resolution is also in line with recent resolutions adopted by UNESCO and UNGA which deny the historical Jewish connection with Jerusalem and the historical heartland of Israel. In doing so, the UN, its agencies, and the vast majority of the nations continue their unfair and unrighteous treatment of Israel, a free and democratic nation based on the rule of law.
The historic right of the Jewish people to their national homeland Israel was recognised in the San Remo agreement of April 1920 and the Mandate for Palestine of July 1922, unanimously approved by the Council of the League of Nations and signed by the Principal Allied Powers. This made it an international treaty legally binding on all Member States, and the Covenant of the League of Nations itself (Art. 22). These rights are legally protected in Art. 80 of the UN Charter.
We believe that the living God, the only True God, the Creator of heaven and earth, is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, and the God and Father of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). God has chosen the Jewish people, He has given them a special place among all the peoples, and He loves them (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). Through His covenants with the Jewish people He has given them the land of Israel, including all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, as their promised land. These covenants with all their promises have been confirmed by the death and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah (Romans 15:8).
We believe that the Bible is the eternal Word of God, it is divinely inspired, infallible and all-sufficient in all matters of belief and behaviour (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Therefore we acknowledge the right of the Jewish people to return to Israel and to live in Israel, including all of Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, in accordance with the Bible.
THEREFORE WE URGE all nations of the earth, and their governments, to support Israel’s indisputable right to exist in the land that God has given her, and her right to Jerusalem as her complete and united capital, forever.
The Lord God of Israel is faithful and He will protect His people. However, we will not be silent regarding the false and unrighteous assertions of UNSC Resolution 2334. History teaches us that sins of omission are as serious as sins of commission. The most common sin of omission is to keep silent when an individual, a group or a nation is treated with prejudice, oppression and persecution. Therefore we stand with Israel for her right to determine the future of the Jewish people, and for her right to defend herself and to live within secure borders.
We stand with Israel!
Members of the Board of Ebenezer Emergency Fund International