On May 25, 2014, Pope Francis, once again has proven he is not politically infallible. He’s on the wrong side of history and truth when it comes to the well-being of Israel.
Standing in Bethlehem with Mahmoud Abbas, the man who signed the check for the Munich Olympics terrorist murders, he said: “Our recent meeting in the Vatican and my presence today in Palestine attest to the good relations existing between the Holy See and the state of Palestine.”
“State of Palestine?” There is no state of Palestine. And, if the Middle East is to know peace before Jesus comes back, there won’t be one.
The Palestinian Authority, as it is known, is a thoroughly corrupt, morally repugnant terrorist organization with no political legitimacy. Why the pope is trying to lend it credibility suggests one of two things: He is clueless about Middle East politics or has an anti-Israel, anti-Jewish agenda.
Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts “unacceptable.”
Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the “state of Palestine.” In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine,” and his Bethlehem office as the “presidential palace.” He pointedly called Abbas a “man of peace.”
Jubilant Palestinians cheered Francis as he arrived in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, shouting “Viva al-Baba!” or “Long live the pope!”
The Palestinian Authority not only takes a position that Palestinian statehood is inevitable in a place that has never in the history of the world seen a Palestinian state, but it insists that no Jews can live there.
In the case of the pope, who claims the title “vicar of Christ,” what would Jesus, a Jew, have to say about carving up the state of Israel for a nation-state that strictly prohibits Jewish residents?
The last thing this world needs is another terrorist, officially anti-Semitic state in the Middle East. Pope Francis would be better served coming to the defense of Christians who are being persecuted and butchered throughout the existing terrorist and officially anti-Semitic states in the Middle East. How does his position advance liberty, the gospel and peace?
The Palestinian Authority has had plenty of time to consider its anti-Semitic position. It has had plenty of time to consider its promotion of terrorism. It has had plenty of time to consider the reality of the Israeli state. Yet its official positions remain the same:
The Palestinian Authority continues to indoctrinate its children into hatred of Jews in its schools.. It continues to promote terrorism against Israelis. The PA continues to treat Christians as, at best, second-class citizens and dhimmis. It continues, as its official position on statehood, to insist no Jews are allowed.
This should be all morally unacceptable to anyone who calls himself a Christian. let alone a pope.
There’s nothing Christian about appeasing evil. And that’s what support of the Palestinian state pledged to ethnic cleansing, violence and bigotry is — and always will be.