(JNS.org) Speaking to a Jerusalem gathering of nearly 300 international Jewish journalists on Sunday, June 22, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) for its vote to divest from Israel.
“When the Middle East is fragmented in this horrible war, this savage, savage war between militant Shiites and militant Sunnis… the only place where you have freedom, tolerance, protection of minorities, protection of gays, protection of Christians and all other faiths, is Israel,” Netanyahu said at the first Jewish Media Summit.
PCUSA leaders voted Friday at the church’s biennial general assembly in Detroit to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, all companies that do business with Israel, in a 310-303 vote.
“Let’s arrange a bus tour for [Presbyterians] in the region. Let them go to maybe Syria, Lebanon, Iraq. I would give two pieces of advice, though: one, make sure the bus is an armored bus, and two, don’t say you are Christian,” said Netanyahu.
B’nai B’rith International said the vote means PCUSA has become “an active participant in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement” against Israel. “As a humanitarian organization that has invested tremendous hope and extensive efforts worldwide in building Christian-Jewish friendship for 170 years, we remain confident that such an approach does not reflect the values and perspectives of the vast majority of American Christians,” B’nai B’rith said in a statement.