First off, the Israelis own East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (or the West Bank) and Gaza because they won it in the Six Day War (1967), a battle where Arab armies first surrounded Israel, massing on their borders. (read here and here)
Now the ELCA’s Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson is telling the Israelis that they are not allowed to live or build houses on the land they own. It’s crazy! I wonder if Bishop Hanson has told any other ethnic or religious group where they can build houses and live and where they cannot? The ELCA Bishop sounds like a mouth piece for the many anti-Semitic nations of the world.
Read more about the ELCA’s view, statements and position on Israel. (here)