I originally posted my previous blog referring to a comment in a recent email from the FCNL because, while it says nothing new for that stridently Israel group, in a sense it really does. Let me explain. One needs to read between the lines.
Yes, they are radically anti Israel. But I have noticed that •fundraising• appeals by the FCNL and the AFSC tend •not• to mention Israel or do so only indirectly. (The letter which I quote is only noteworthy because it •does• mention Israel.)
So reading between the lines we might ask: if they have such a strong anti-Israel stand, why do they generally avoid mentioning that subject fundraising letters?
Answer: they know that it won't play well in much of the Quaker pew, which is not "in sync" with this position. In short, there is a difference between Quakers and Quaker institutions. That is why I work with them. I dream about organizing a sort of Quaker intifada against the priggish anti Israel stance of the national groups.
There are many Quakers who understand very well that there is nothing authentically pacifist about giving theological ground cover to radical groups which have murderous ideologies.
I have already shown that there is a remarkable divide between Presbyterians, who are overwhelmingly pro-Israel, and their national organization.