The World Council of Churches (WCC) has called for "resistance" against Israel’s decision to expand its settlements in east Jerusalem Al-Quds.
WCC declared that the expansion of the Israeli settlements "may destroy any chance for peace", AFP reported.
Secretary General Reverend Samuel Kobia called on organizations related to the Council "to act with resolve, in concert … to reverse this decision of the Israeli government and the settlement program it represents."
Israel on Wednesday announced that it will build 900 new homes in east Jerusalem Al-Quds, which it occupied in 1967.
Expressing "great disappointment", Kobia said the leading council of Christian and Orthodox churches "strongly condemns the decision … to expand the illegal Gilo settlement as we believe that this decision will hinder attempts now in process to restart the peace negotiations."
"If settlements continue to expand and proliferate, they will further complicate negotiations and may destroy any chance for peace" Kobia said in a statement.
The WCC brings together 348 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches representing about 560 million Christians in 110 countries.