The Pope and PLO posters

Pope Francis extended an invitation Sunday to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to travel to the Vatican for a “peace initiative,” as he called for a two-state solution to the intractable conflict.

The Pope is welcomed in Bethlehem as a hero of the PLO.
The Pope is welcomed in Bethlehem as a hero of the PLO.

The pontiff’s remarks came at the end of an outdoor Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on the second day of his three-day trip to the Middle East.

“In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace,” Francis said.

“I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”

The Palestinian side has accepted the invitation and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will go to the Vatican, a Palestinian Legislative Council member, Hanan Ashrawi, told CNN.

The Pope gets a read carpet by the PLO.
The Pope gets a read carpet by the PLO.
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The Pope gets the red carpet by the PLO.
Both the Papacy and the PLO are in agreement in regards to how to deal with Israel.
The Papacy and the PLO are in agreement in regards to how to deal with Israel.

The Israeli President’s office said that he welcomed the invitation. “President Peres has always supported, and will continue to support, any attempts to progress the cause of peace,” his office said.

The pontiff’s remarks came at the end of an outdoor Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on the second day of his three-day trip to the Middle East.

“In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace,” Francis said.

Source: The CNN.

Israel knows from experience just how significant a visiting pope’s word choices can be. When former pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit Israel in 1964, he assiduously avoided using the term “Israel.” The simple recognition of Israelis’ statehood during the subsequent two papal visits has meant a lot to the country.

But Israeli officials are determined that whatever Pope Francis says in the West Bank will not have a bearing on his time later that day and the following day in Israel. “There’s nothing much we can do,” said the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Oded Ben Hur, diplomatic advisor to the Knesset and former ambassador to the Holy See. “It’s their relationship.”

Whatever recognition Palestinians receive for their unilateral statehood moves, Israel is poised to receive unprecedented recognition for the movement that envisioned it as a modern Jewish state. Pope Francis will lay a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, founder of political Zionism. “He is coming here for a short visit and if he chooses to pay homage to Herzl that’s a strong statement,” said Ben Hur.

The statement will be particularly striking given that it is exactly 110 years since Herzl went to see the pope of his day, appealing for help in establishing a Jewish state, only to be told, according to his record, that “the Jews have not recognized our Lord, therefore we cannot recognize the Jewish people.” Ben Hur said that in view of Herzl’s 1904 experience, the papal visit to his grave will constitute “closing a circle.”

Source: Forward.com

My comment:

It is interesting that the Pope has invited Mahamoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Shimon Peres to the Vatican for renewed “peace talks”.

This is only a symbolic gesture, to portray the Pope as a possible “prince of peace”.

Already in June, Shimon Peres will have to move out of the Presidents office in Israel. He is anyhow a figure head, with no political powers at hand.

 1 John 5:19
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Please also acknowledge, that neither the Pope,the PLO leader, nor the present Israeli president represent Jesus the Messiah. That is why they have no objections to the Pope’s call to pray together.

Written by Ivar

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3 thoughts on “The Pope and PLO posters

  1. The Pope is just smoothing the path. When you see a Western Prince who claims ancestry back to King David, giving support to a peace plan, then you will know it’s time…

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