June 9, 2014

Francis' Misleading Mideast Symbolism

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The Associated Press

Given the pope’s evident good will, it’s hard to argue with the idea that his summit will do no harm and might cause the two sides to think about working harder for peace. But this piece of conventional wisdom is misleading. Though no one should question the pope’s intentions, the event at the Vatican is more than empty symbolism. This piece of grandstanding on the part of the church will not only did nothing to advance the cause of peace that was torpedoed by the Palestinian unity pact that brought the terrorists of Hamas into the PA along with Abbas’ Fatah. By lending the moral authority of a man who is rightly respected around the world for his probity and earnest desire to help others to a stunt that treats the partner of Islamist terrorists as a peacemaker, the...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Pope Francis, Palestinians, Hamas, Israel

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to announce the establishment of a new Palestinian government on Monday. On the eve of this announcement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found it proper to warn that the Israeli... more ››
June 2, 2014
Dangerous Palestinian Unity
Jerusalem Post
Anyone listening to Hamas understands that not only will a unity deal fail to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but that it will only boost terrorists and the opponents of peace. more ››
June 5, 2014
U.S. Holds Secret Talks with Hamas
Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed
United States officials have been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months to discuss their role in the newly formed unity government, according to two senior diplomatic sources with direct knowledge... more ››
May 27, 2014
What the Pope's Mideast Trip Was Really About
Emma Green, Atlantic
even though Francis met with Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, his trip wasn't about the Arab-Israeli conflict. It was about Christians. They're the forgotten stakeholders of Jerusalem: People like... more ››
June 1, 2014
Pope's Silent Diplomacy in Argentina
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald
The pope needs Argentina to be in peace, because he could hardly gain credibility as a major player in much thornier conflicts in the Middle East and other world hot spots if he couldn’t even maintain social harmony in his own... more ››