BREAKING: Vatican recognizes State of Palestine

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Pope Francis reviews the honor guard with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, West Bank, on May 25, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis reviews the honor guard with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, West Bank, on May 25, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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The treaty, not yet signed, makes clear the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

  • Hopefully, along with this the Pope can influence Palestinians to give up violence and embrace peace.

    From your mouth to God’s ears.

    (BTW, the Pope is not a good man).

    Another indication, as if we needed one, that Francis is just flypaper for whatever the going line is among a certain bourgeois set.

  • Larry

    Lets not get our panties in a bunch.

    The Pope recognized the Palestinian Authority. The West Bank run by Fatah. The secular nationalist wing of the Palestinians. These are not the guys firing the Katushya rockets at kibutzes. They are now the guys whining about settlements, checkpoints and water rights. They have essentially given up organized violence against Israel. Organized violence against Hamas sympathizers is a different matter altogether.

    Gaza which is run by Islamicists under the employ of Iran are not part of this mix.

    Despite the public words of reconciliation both Fatah and Hamas are still mortal enemies.

  • Aquifer

    Now if he could only convince Israel to give up violence ….

  • Israel responds with force to violence, and has no reason to ‘give it up’, practical or ethical. If Hamas wishes to live a quiet life, they can quit diverting supplies to military uses, quit building tunnels, and quit with the rocket attacks.

  • Larry

    Hey Art, read the article again.

    The Vatican recognized Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah (West Bank), not Hamas (Gaza). Fatah has pretty much dropped organized violence against Israel in favor of whining.

  • Hey Art, read the article again.

    Larry, the comment to which I was responding is there for your perusal.

  • The distinction between Al Fatah and Hamas is that the former has a long history of double-dealing and running criminal syndicates and the latter is actually quite transparent about what it wants. Neither will cut a long-term deal and so both are equally useless.

  • Larry

    So you are current as to what the situation was 20 years ago.

    The fundamental difference between Fatah and Hamas are who sponsors them.

    Hamas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iran, along with Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia militias. All are in partnership with the Syrian government.

    Fatah used to call upon the Arab League (Saudi Arabia & Gulf States) for support. But in the last decade or so, those “sugar daddies” have abandoned the secular nationalists of the Palestinian Authority for Islamicist groups like Al Queda and ISIS.

    Fatah is likely to pursue peace for the same reason we had the Good Friday Accords in Northern Ireland. They lost their main source of support and are running out of money and weapons. Given the ever shrinking ability to carry on an “armed struggle”, they are looking for an exit plan.

  • Fran

    Richard,

    Jesus never got involved in worldly politics and/or wars. The main focus of his preaching and teaching was the good news of God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) as the only hope for mankind on earth (Matthew 4:17; 24:14).

    So why is the Pope not following Jesus’ example, as the apostles and disciples did in the entire book of Acts, even when they experienced persecution, physical abuse and prison?

    The Pope may be recognizing Palestine as a State, but he is not recognizing the
    ONLY government that will bring true peace and security to people of all nations, including death to all wicked ones (Isaiah 11:1-9), nor is he promoting God’s kingdom at all in the last days of this wicked generation (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21). Everyone needs to know this good news!

  • Sal U. Lloyd

    Bingo.