The Vatican has announced a treaty with the Palestinian Authority declaring its recognition of a Palestinian state.
In conjunction with this announcement, Pope Francis will bestow sainthood upon two Palestinian nuns this Sunday.
This development is troubling though not surprising. Pope Francis used the phrase “state of Palestine” when he visited Bethelem almost a year ago. As with various parliaments throughout Europe, this moves grants legitimacy to Palestinian statehood while circumventing negotiations with Israel on final status matters (especially Jerusalem). It also legitimizes a regime that has not held an election in a decade.
Then again Cuba hasn’t had an election in more than five decades, but that won’t stop Pope Francis from visiting the Castros this September.
There’s also the not so small matter of the Palestinian Authority continual spewing of anti-Semitic rhetoric in its schools and state TV programs. Just last week, the Palestinian Authority honored three terrorists who lynched and murder two Israeli reservists in 2000. The PA hailed them as “heroes” for their acts.
Does Pope Francis know about this? Does he even care?
For its part, Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing “disappointment” at the Holy See’s decision. No doubt this disspointment came with a good deal of resignation as well.
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