The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the U.S. administration, this week.

“Peace can never be unilaterally imposed,” writes LWF president Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa, and LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge, in a statement released yesterday. “The plan ignores fundamental principles of international law and human rights conventions, as well as numerous UN General Assembly and UN Security Council resolutions, setting a dangerous precedent for the future.”

WAFA further reports that the LWF called upon the international community to take immediate actions to reduce the suffering of the Palestinian population, and LWF member churches to support the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and the LWF World Service program in Jerusalem.

“International law, including human rights conventions, was developed as a response to the horrors of the Second World War,” said LWF General Secretary Junge. “Their purpose is to safeguard peace and security. It is deeply worrying that the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ plan undermines them.”