December 28, 2008

Latino Ministers: Israel Has a Right to Exist and Defend Itself

Washington, DC – Today, the President of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) voiced strong support for Israel as it fights for its right to exist and defends itself from heightened rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza into Israel by the terrorist group, Hamas, as Iran’s political and religious leaders appeal once again, to the Muslim world to condemn Israel’s actions. Influential Latino Evangelical Leaders join together in support of the United States and most of Europe’s position to support Israel.

“We oppose any religion, faith, group or government that does not recognize Israel’s right as a nation to exist,” said Rev. Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

Israel’s military action is likely to deepen the divide in the Middle East, as its neighbors react to Israel's retaliation in Gaza, but not to the attacks on Israel. It is clear that some of its neighboring countries want Israel to disappear.

“This goes all the way back to the biblical times of Abraham; God said there would be a constant conflict between the Arab world and Israel; God gave them that country; what God chooses, that is what will happen,” said Rev. Miguel Rivera.

CONLAMIC and other Christian faith leaders in the United States will support Israel’s leadership in steps taken to protect the nation and its people as it will American and European efforts to broker peace talks.

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