Op-Ed: The Pope's First Stop is in the "State of Palestine"
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly...
Pope Francis will take a helicopter from Jordan to Bethlehem in “a sign of recognising Palestine” as Father Jamal Khader of the Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem said.
The Pope will be in the “holy land” to spiritually bestow a birth certificate to another Arab-Islamic state.
“This visit will help us in supporting our struggle to end the longest occupation in history”, Ziyyad Bandak, Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser for Christian affairs, told Voice of Palestine radio. “He will have a lunch with Palestinians, with families suffering from the occupation... then he will visit Dheishe refugee camp to witness the suffering of Palestinian refugees”.
Pope Francis will be accompanied by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem “in the building of the Great Council on the Esplanade of the Mosques”. It will be an implicit recognition of Islamic hegemony over the Temple Mount, Judaism’s most sacred site in the world.
The Pope will begin his visit in the fictional and terrorist “State of Palestine” and not in the real and democratic State of Israel.
We should not see as natural the fact that different Popes refused to recognize Israel for fifty years after its founding.
History repeats itself. In 1974 the Vatican implicitly recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organization, but not the State of Israel. It took twenty years to do that. We should not see as natural the fact that different Popes refused to recognize Israel for fifty years after its founding.
The Jewish State was not even mentioned in the famous “Nostra Aetate” declaration of 1965, in the “Guidelines” of 1974 or in any Papal statement before the 1980s.
The Vatican had normal ties, however, with the most odious regimes on this earth. It even maintained diplomatic relations with Nazi Germany until the very end of the war.
Apparently, the Vatican considered only the State of Israel undeserving of its recognition.
Today, in the new era of moral equivalence between the Jews and their assassins, the Pope will begin his visit in the region by landing in the “State of Palestine”.
The Vatican policy under the last two Popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, has been very simple: theological dialogue with the Jews and political sovereignty for the Palestinian Arabs.
Both popes visited Auschwitz and the synagogues, they both left a paper in the Wailing Wall - all important events - but they have also been pioneers in the Palestinian Arab Islamic project, which is essentially a Trojan horse to dismantle the Jewish State.
Pope Francis will not be different. His tears at the “Palestinian refugee camp” will be purely political, while his tears at the Yad Vashem Hall of the Children will be totally hypocritical.
Last Christmas, the Catholic Church’s officials in Bethlehem and Jerusalem used midnight mass to bless terrorists and the PLO’s willing mass deporters of Jews. “Our hope for Christmas is that Jerusalem not only becomes the capital of two nations, but also a model for the world, of harmony and coexistence of the three monotheistic religions”, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal said.
But there is already “peace” in Jerusalem. What the Pope and its officials want is to see Jerusalem returning to Islamic occupation. The last time they were in control, Muslim sheikhs and generals from the Kingdom of Jordan burned down 50 synagogues in the city. It was worse than Kristallnacht in Berlin on November 9th 1938.
Is that Pope’s Francis interpretation of “peace”?