An interview with Lynn Hybels by Ryan Rodrick Beiler
You say that you are both “pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian.” How is that possible?
When I say I’m pro-Israel, I mean that I support the existence of the State of Israel as a home for the Jewish people. The fact that I may disagree with some policies of the government of Israel doesn’t mean that I’m anti-Israel or anti-Jew, anymore than my disagreement with certain policies of the US government means that I’m anti-US or anti-American.
When I say I’m pro-Palestinian, I mean that I believe Palestinians have an equally valid right to live in the land and should have the same civil rights that are afforded to Israeli Jewish citizens, whether that’s in one state, two states, or however many states. I believe Palestinians—whether in the West Bank or Gaza—should be free from military occupation or blockade.