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May 13, 2015 5:01 pm

Vatican Recognition of ‘State of Palestine’ Riles Jewish Organizations

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Pope Francis at the Western Wall. Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO.

As officials in Israel declared disappointment at the Vatican’s official recognition of the state of Palestine on Wednesday, the move also drew the ire of many in the diaspora Jewish community.

The American Jewish Committee said it “regrets the announcement” of the treaty, in which the Vatican refers to the “state of Palestine” rather than the Palestinian Liberation Organization, as it had in previous documents.

AJC Executive Director David Harris said the move was “counterproductive to all who seek true peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

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He said “peaceful coexistence … is best served, we believe, by encouraging a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, rather than unilateral gestures outside the framework of the negotiating table.”

Additionally, the Anti-Defamation League “expressed disappointment” at the Vatican’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state, calling the step “premature.”

ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said the move would “bolster the Palestinian strategy of seeking statehood through international fora and not through recognition, reconciliation and negotiation with Israel.”

The heads of the Conference of Presidents of the Major Jewish Organizations, Chairman Robert G. Sugarman and Executive Director Malcom Hoenlein, expressed “regret at the recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican” and called for direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations as the means for creating peace.

The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations “expressed concern” at the Vatican’s announcement, and said it was “unhelpful to the cause of a genuine and durable peace” between Israel and the Palestinians.

Betty Ehrenberg, chair of the IJCIC, said the “unilateral move is not in keeping with UN resolutions that mandate that a peace agreement be achieved by direct negotiations between the parties.”

The statements from the Jewish community echoed those of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in that the recognition undermines the peace process and allows Palestinians to avoid coming to bilateral agreements with Israel.

The Holy See’s recognition, made just a few days before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to visit the Vatican, follows Sweden, which officially recognized the state of Palestine last October.

According to the Associated Press, the Vatican has actually been referring to the state of Palestine for more than a year, including during Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land last year, as well as in reference to the Palestinian ambassador.

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  • Michael

    This is disappointing; I had thought Francis would get the RCC back on the Vatican 2 direction and the opening to Judaism. What is next? Perhaps the “State of Boku Haram”????

    • Mandrake

      Michael: Recognition of the State of ISIL? Why not? After all the PLO will not allow Jewish in the future Palestinian state but Israel population has
      20% Arabs. Will the Israeli Arabs will be required to live in the Palestinian state?

  • Bernhard Rosenberg · Rabbi at Congregation Beth El, Edison NJ
    I call for Rabbis and Jewish leaders to send a delegation to Rome to march in protest against this Pope’s actions.Here we go again….While many are involved in interfaith conventions and singing kum bah yah, Israel is stabbed in the back.

    Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty TODAY 4 TEENAGERS WERE HURT IN ISRAEL, DOES ANYONE CARE ?

    Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

    Jerusalem says move not conducive to peace, will consider ‘next steps’ after Holy See announcement ahead of weekend meeting between pope, Abbas

    • Paddy

      So, most Jews vote and finance the Obama juggernaut…and you say nothing? That’s who stabbed you in the back, Jewish Marxists. Don’t blame the Pope for trying to help Arab Catholics. If not him, who? You?

      • paul caplan

        Precisely. Leftist jews cause more trouble for israel then everyone else put together.

    • Liz Wagner

      Rabbi, I hope you’re able to organize other rabbis to take a stand for Israel. That may mean traveling to the Vatican or running an ad in a major American or Italian newspaper. Or, better yet, the rabbis and other Jewish leaders might rally pro-Israel American Jews and non-Jews to challenge the Leftist-Arabist coalition that is maneuvering, with the help and support of this otherwise reasonable Pope, to sacrifice Israel and create another terrorist state in the Middle East, all to indulge the vicious Jew-hatred of Israel’s oil-pumping neighbors.

  • Larry Andrews

    Regret and disappointment?? How about stating that this is completely and totally unacceptable and shows that the Catholic’s church historical bias against the Jewish people is very much alive and well!!

  • Simone Miller

    The Church has never been a friend of the Jewish People. Remember WWII the Pope supported Hitler. Why would anyone think that the policies have changed?

    • Paddy

      Why do you lie? A quarter of the American troops fighting Hitler were Catholic boys. Not many were Jewish boys, you know.

  • How is it possible that a Pope and the Vatican can be so blind to the truth: How many Christians have been persecuted by the Palestinians and Arabs over decades and give safe haven and freedom of religion in Israel? For Ions the Jews have been blamed for the Crucifixion (of one of their own) + (remember he was Jewish) and it was actually the Romans that judged and nailed him to the Cross and it took a long time to admit who he was and who nailed him to the cross. And now you are supporting the PA?

  • SARA RIFKA

    SORRY FOR THIS COMMENT….BUT THIS NONSENSE IS OVER THE TOP……IT IS GOOD THAT THIS POPE HAS LOST MOST OF HIS WORSHIPPERS ALL OVER THE WORLD…..BUT, TO BE POPULAR AND THINK THAT THE PALESTIANS OF WHICH DO NOT EXIST…..WILL NOT KILL CHRISTIANS IS A JOKE……

    MISSIONARIES CRUELLY AND MINDLESSLY CONVERTED BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE TO FOLLOW A PATH NOT RECOGNIZABLE TO THE MASSES AND SO THEY WILL BE GARROTTED AND PERHAPS THIS IS WHAT IS BELIEVED KIND…….

    SO MR. POPE…..I TRUST EACH SLASH THAT HURTS A JEWS RESPONDS IN LIKE TO A PART OF YOUR BODY…..MAINLY BECAUSE IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY YOU ENJOY BEING WHIPPED WITH A CROWN OF SWORDS.

    AND, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME NOT BE COMMERCIALLY FRIENDLY TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THOSE WITH HEART TRUTH PEACE AND HONOR……YOU MR. POPE….’ARE DEAD IN MY HEART’

    AND, IF ONE JEW DIES ON YOUR WATCH THEN I HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE……M’H

    • Paddy

      Seek psychotherapy hate monger.

  • bea green JP BA

    There are more than twenty Arab states and only ONE Israel that had to absorb Jews who could no longer live in Arab countries after the creation of Israel.
    Arabs live in Israel and are represented in the Israeli parliament.
    Those who didn’t stay in Israel have been cruelly kept in camps by their brethren and are being used as political pawns.
    Could these brethren not also absorb them into their countries and finally make peace?

  • M. Otero

    J suspect that it is the Arab League with whom negotiations must be conducted at which time they can lie about their role in the expulsion of 870,000 Jewish refugees from member Arab states

    My mother and all her family were driven out of Ukraine and took refuge in 1905 Palestine. Why can’t all 73 of her family and descendants get an UNRWA created in support of the three generations of our tragic expulsion in spite of the fact that several of us Israelis have lived in the US and Europe since then. Oops! Please include my 8 new great grandchildren.But please don’t teach us to be beggars or to hate all Ukrainians.

  • Mike

    For decades the Catholic church refused to recognize the State of Israel. But they have no problem recognizing a Palestinian state which does not even exist. This new pope maybe more liberal than his predecessors, but he and his church are still out of touch with reality. While Israelis seek peace in the midst of ongoing attacks, the Palestinian Arabs form alliances with terrorist groups who are busy wiping out the Christian communities of the middle east. What will it take for the pope to wake up? An attack on the Vatican? These Palestinians and most Arab Muslims can’t stand the pope and his church. That is why the pope has to ride in a bullet proof vehicle. If a terrorist group ever launches an attack on the Vatican, his Palestinian friends will be celebrating in the streets of gaza.

  • Rick

    Proverbs ch 5: 3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech; 4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword….

    Set no confidence in Rome or Christians in general – they will speak buttered honey words but those words are masking their real intentions: the end of Israel 🙁

    • sad for you! for a person to quote the bible then come back with another negative remark makes be really sad for you!

  • Beverley Price

    With the Pope’s commitment to ‘world peace’ with its new semantics accoutrements, one must ask if Faith and Fear are still mutually exclusive spiritual states of being.
    It seems the Vatican, in an act of Buddhist compassion, is out to save its neck. And that of the planet’s remaining Catholics and Christians – from de rigueur islamist decapitations. “No more please”. The recognition of (the hamas-jihad-isis infiltrated) “Palestine” is an olive branch perhaps in exchange for intact heads. in our time islamism and Catholicism are mutually exclusive religions. Who wants to believe that? Judeo-Christian cultures blind ourselves and comfort ourselves in the face of the difficulty dealing with the extent of the evil of islamism – by self-immolation. The Vatican effectively is betraying the (unfortunate) common cultural ground with the Jews ( us) by a delusional attempt at “Not In Our Name”. What else lies under his cloak?

  • Very disappointing indeed. Earlier popes refused to refer to the State of Israel because it contradicted their theology that the Jews cannot return to Israel until we accept their messiah. Now, when the Arabs have driven most Christians out of the Holy Land and the Middle East the Vatican recognises the PA state, which is governed jointly by Fatah and Hamas, whose Hamas charter calls for the annihilation of Israel and all Jews worldwide. For an insight into the Vatican’s relations with Israel see Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s ‘A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair’.

  • Lauren Goldman

    For all of Pope Francis’ progressive actions, he is still the head of the selfsame church which largely assisted those who delivered us to the death camps (though there were, admittedly, those who saved some of us).

  • .

    Here we go again….While many are involved in interfaith conventions and singing kum bah yah, Israel is stabbed in the back.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Is something that was to happened, the Palestinian’s now had more responsibility to stop terrorist and hate against Jews. The future is God will a open nation were freedom and respect from both party will be flourish. If the Palestinians will not stop they aggression and Islamic cult intransigence and hate will be much more blood running.

  • Henna du Plessis

    Catholic hate for the Jews and all things Jewish can be hidden for a while, but it always surfaces again. Watch and learn.
    The truth will out.

  • Linda Levine

    Appreciate your great coverage.

    Learned the word “fora” from Abe Foxman’s statement!

  • Michele Amato Topp

    I am very sorry to see that the HOLY SEE is very naïve. As brought up Catholic. and now understand my Jewish roots. I will never give up Yeshua. However. This is a terrible injustice and back step to trust between Jews and Christians.

  • Genghis Cohen

    I really don’t want to provoke an interfaith issue with this papal action, but did Jonathan Sacks go about granting legitimacy to some but not others, when he was the Chief Rabbi?

  • Vatican Diplomacy goes beyond my scope. I sincerely regret the “Vetican´s statement” by saying it refers to Palestine as the Palestinian State. – However let us take into account that the Vatican brought liberty to Poland and the downfall of the “Berlin Wall”. This is not the downfall of Israel at all. There is something behind this recognition that I can not focus on.
    Sure many of us are angry,since we do not know what is “behind this move by the vatican.” – However they do move very silently just like they did between Obama and Raul Castro to establish USA- Cuba relations. That alone took seven years. I´d rather wait and see what is “all behind this move. Don´t you?

  • Genghis Cohen

    Wait a minute here! Does the Vatican recognize Great Britain, Luxembourg or Bulgaria? Isn’t the Vatican’s business religion? Since when is the Vatican in the business of recognizing governments, and if all the governments unrecognized by the Vatican filed a class-action suit, would the World Court act?
    Come to think of it, just where does the Vatican believe it gets the authority to grant recognition? It’s not in the Tanakh and not in the New Testament, either. Then, where and from Whom?
    (And they say that Jews have chutzpah!)

  • yaakov

    I am not surprised….just look at their dark history from Constantine till Nazi s….now they just gained huge amount of allies to their evil organization…they seek to make Jerusalem an international city so they will have control again….and not pay us rent.

  • Jonas

    Just answer from me
    The(Vatican) can’t even handle there pedophile desires.
    read Daniel Jonah Goldhagen written book;

    A MORAL RECKONING. THE ROLE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS UNFULFILLED DUTY OF REPAIR.

    Up till now, whom gives a s**t about this bunch of pedophiles!!!!!

  • Joel

    It’s not surprising they will seek recognition by the international community since direct talks with Israel have gone nowhere.

  • Willam Kaplan

    OMG!

  • 10

    WHRITE EVERYTHING ABOUT JEWISH AND GOOD NEWS. THE JEWS OWN ISRAEL WEST BANK GAZA CITY AND YOU CAN WRITE IT. THE JEWS WILL CONTINUE HAVING JEWISH ISRAEL STATE CLEANING IT UP.

  • I am extremely disappointed by this decision. I truly liked everything this Pope did until this. He may have done this hoping to protect Christians from the insanity that extremists are doing to Christians. This is reminiscent of WWII
    Very, very disappointing.

  • This is simply ridiculous!! The pope is afraid about the safety of catholics in Arab countries, therefore he is doing a very evil thing to placate the muslim murderers. He does not know that the more you concede to the muslims the least respect they have for you. Benedict XVI put them in their place in the Regensburg Address quoting Emperor Michael Paleologos of Byzantium. Francis is simply giving them more ammunition.

    He recognizes the evil terrorist organization as a nation

  • 10

    THE JEWS LISTENED IT WOULD NOT BE IN OTHER NEWS OR RADIO.A SNAP OF A FINGER YOU WILL HEAR PALESTINE ON THE RADIO BUT NEVER JEWISH STATE. WHAT IT MEANS NOTHING. ISRAEL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE VATICAN.

  • The Vatican was, in effect, telling the Palestinians not to negotiate. Pope Francis was saying that Israel was the only country that was expected to make concessions. He didn’t understand that he was decreasing and perhaps eliminating the possibility for creating a Palestinian state.

  • Harry Rag

    muslims slaughter christians without regard for the pope’s message of peace so what does he do. Turn on israel. And just when we thought this pope would be different. Then again may be he is … he undermined all the progress that was made by the previous popes to reach out to jews and create a better relationship. thats different.

  • Rosewood11

    The Vatican’s official recognition of “Palestine” doesn’t do anything for me as a Catholic, either. I was raised in a Baptist church that was an unabashed supporter of Israel. I still carry my Scofield Bible, and I have no intention of supporting a Palestinian state, now or ever. I wonder how much of the Vatican’s support comes from the fact that most of the Christians among the Palestinian rabble are Catholic of some sort whose money eventually makes its way to Vatican coffers. Pope Francis should be ashamed of himself for this!!!

  • Steve Loeb

    They crap in your Church and you reward them. No wonder they loathe you

  • Steve Loeb

    Funny – they crap in your Church and you reward them. No wonder they loathe you

  • Steve Loeb

    Funny – they crap in your Church and you reward them. No wonder they loathe you

  • Steve Loeb

    Funny – they crap in your Church and you reward them. No wonder they loathe you

  • judorebbe

    And you really thought Pope Francis would stand up against the global jihad?
    20 centuries of Jew-hatred, as a lifestyle, is a pretty tough habit to break.

  • Jonah Lissner

    BS”D

    Steadily Advancing the Kingdom of Zion: Defining Federated Hebrew-Israelite Nations versus the Amalek Nations

    Jonah Lissner
    Copyright 2015 by Jonah Lissner. All rights reserved by the Author.

    Since the beginning of the world and before the historical era of the Torah, The Middle East, Afroasia and much of the world has been in a continual state of flux, regarding inter-dynamic religious and economic territorial wars and political nonlinearity.

    In light of the sociopolitical brinksmanship in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia between actors, in contemporary times Israelites ask, “What are the boundaries of Zion and what are the boundaries of the Land Of Israel? What are the boundaries of the nations of the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia? How can a Federation of Hebrew and Israelite peoples be accomplished to strengthen our own nation?”

    In Deuteronomy 11:24 in paraphrasing Genesis 15:18-21^1a, Moses clearly states “Every place where you set the soles of your feet shall be yours. Your borders shall run from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea.”^1 This can be understood as both the contemporary and future boundaries for an advancing and developing Nation-state of Israel.

    Since the Israelite religion and Judaism are at this time, and until the restoration of the Solomonic Temple in Jerusalem and the New Era, one and the same, based on the Torah and the 5 Books of Moses, revealed to its nation of believers from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph to Moses^2, there is basis for agreement and disagreement in the exegesis. Often the agreement is between the socioethnic spectrum of Hebrews, [Kurds] Israelites [Habesha]^3 and Jews [Spoken and Crypto-Jews] and their sociopolitical allies, and disagreement from the socioethnic spectrum Muslims, Arabs and their sociopolitical allies.

    Empire-building is certainly and by human nature, not only the concern of one people or nation. Reading through Near Eastern history the umbrella of Arabic peoples^4 are sometime empire-builders like their Ishmaelite and Carthaginian ancestors, or small kingdoms like Moabites^5, Kedarites, or Amalekites. Yet unlike the Kingdom of Moses, Joshua, David or Solomon’s, in the basis of their creed.

    Until the advent of the Mohamaddean religion of the early Medieval era, there were a number of Levantine and Northeast African tribes that were absolutely not united, and are not really united today either. Interaction from actors outside of the Middle East have in many ways exacerbated the sociopolitical challenges to all parties in the Middle East. In reality there are only Syrians, Lebanese, Druze, Aramaens, Yemenites, Assyrians, Qataris, Omanis, in a loose cultural confederations trumped by ideological, economic, territorial and socioethnic gulfs under the pretense of glory in the name of their creeds, and flags.

    These Arabs are neither North Africans nor Egyptians; they are neither Persians nor Pakistanis, nor Indonesians. In fact the name “Arab” means “desert Beduin”^4 nomads, not to be confused with the “mixed multitude” of the Israelite Exodus, although there are still Jewish Beduin tribes extant, or the genuine Beduins of the Near East. They are distantly related to Hebrews and Israelites, although today there those that can in this hypothesis claim both “Hebrew” and “Arab” ancestry, vis-a-vis Druze, Beduin and Aramaen cultures.

    Hebrews are the progeny of the Mesopotamian Eber^6, and Hebrew-Israelites descendants of all of the relatives and proselytes to Eber, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob throughout Asia, Europe, Americas and Africa across the last 5,000 years.

    By this mantle of realpolitik we must take up the cause for Hebrew-Israelite nations^2, which include the ancestry of the Hebrews and part-Israelite peoples across Africa and Asia, which probably number with Jews, 300+ million people, possibly including Habesha, Kurds, Baluch, Pathan, Nilotic, Ibo peoples in Africa and Asia and Sephardic and Ashkenaz Crypto-Jews in Central and South America.

    This author’s estimate of 300+ million Hebrews, Israelites and Jews, is coincidentally an estimate of the Empire that would exist today if Solomon’s Kingdom had continued. One could say the African peoples from Nubia to the Horn of Africa to Madagascar also have and still maintain some Hebrew-Israelite traditions as do the aforementioned Asiatic nations.

    The Torah indicates the reality of the domain of the Lands of Israel are from [all] of the Nile to [beyond] the Euphrates River, even as King Solomon son of David’s Empire encompassed and surpassed the Phoenician regions^7. Although some disagree to its reality or importance in history, the relevance of the Middle East and its composite nations are certainly of import to the entire world in numerous arenas, scientific, political, cultural, and religious.

    There are no exceptions given for lack of faith in Torah observance. Today we have the political and spiritual power, military strength and scientific intelligence to build Israel unto its fullest extent, as it is right.

    More than 300 millions of us, and our allies in the Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Animists across the world, shall no longer be slaves in the Exile, but with a mighty hand and outstretched arm, rebuild the rightful lands of the Hebrew-Israelites with our federated capitol in Yerushalayim^8, from the Nile to the Euphrates.

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eikev_(parsha)#Seventh_reading_.E2.80.94_Deuteronomy_11:22.E2.80.9325
    1a. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Israel
    2. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15031
    3. http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/07/22/the-sudan-connection-are-ethiopian-jews-descendants-of-the-ancient-israelites
    4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs
    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balak_(parsha)
    6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eber
    7. http://www.danielpipes.org/247/imperial-israel-the-nile-to-euphrates-calumny
    8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon%27s_Temple

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