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May 17, 2015 8:37 pm

Did Pope Francis Whitewash a Terrorist?

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Pope Francis. Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Mahmoud Abbas an angel of peace? Really? Could Pope Francis really have called him that.

I respect the Pope. Gosh, everyone respects the Pope. But I’m not Catholic and I’m not bound by any doctrine of papal infallibility.

So let’s look at the record of this “angel of peace.”

Abbas’s career as a merchant of death rather than an angel of peace stretches all the way back to the early 1970s. According to Abu Daoud, the Mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre that left 11 Israeli athletes murdered, Abbas funded the operation. And when Abu Daoud died in 2010, Abbas wrote a letter of condolence to the infamous terrorist’s family saying “He is missed. He was one of the leading figures of Fatah and spent his life in resistance and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for his people’s just causes.”

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He also spent his life murdering Jews.

Over the past ten years Abbas has established a violent and brutal dictatorship in the West Bank. More than a year ago, when Israel, under American pressure, released a gang of terrorists as a precondition for negotiations with the Palestinians, Abbas welcomed the cold-blooded killers home as heroes and called them so explicitly.

Standing before a celebrating welcome-crowd and smiling ear-to-ear, Abbas held up the hand of Issa Abd Rabbo, a man who at the age of 19 tied up and shot two Hebrew University students whose only crime was to go on a hike. And who can forget when, just over a decade ago, during the wave of PA sponsored terror of the Second Intifada, Mahmoud Abbas — then Prime Minister — waited nearly five years before so much as condemning the violence. He only did so in December of 2004, once 700 hundred Israeli civilians had already been blown up on buses, pizza stores, and night clubs.

Mahmoud Abbas, the angel of peace, has had a busy decade, as angels often do. His term as President was supposed to end six years ago. The Pope made no mention of how Abbas abolished Palestinian elections and now rules by dictatorial fiat. The angel of peace has now completely dismantled whatever democratic processes once existed in the PA.

In line with other dictators, this particular angel of peace has scrapped any semblance of freedom of speech from the PA. Journalists who attempt to call him out on his despotic ways are quickly imprisoned. They are officially arrested under the not-very-peaceful pretext of “extending their tongue.”

Though an angel of peace he may be, Abbas is thoroughly corrupt. His predecessor, Yasser Arafat, the godfather of international terrorism, was accused of embezzling billions of dollars of money meant for the Palestinian people, with U.S. officials estimating the man’s personal nest egg between one and three billion dollars. In line with his role model, after whom he named his own son, Abbas has continued this tradition of grand embezzlement.

At a hearing for the House Subcommittee on the Middle East entitled Chronic Kleptocracy: Corruption within the Palestinian Political Establishment, committee Chairman Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) claimed that Mahmoud Abbas has used his position “to line his own pockets as well as those of his cohort of cronies, including his sons, Yasser and Tareq… allegedly receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in USAID contracts.”

According to Muhammad Rashid, Arafat’s economic and financial advisor and head of the Palestinian Investment Fund, Abbas has a net worth of more than $100 million. That’s beside the wealth of his sons, who’ve amassed their personal fortunes through such things as monopolies on imported cigarettes and public works projects.

Another PA official, former Security Minister Mohammed Dahlan, has claimed that $1.3 billion has vanished from the Palestinian Investment Fund since it was turned over to Abbas’ control in 2005. It seems that the angel of peace is also a magician.

The world’s largest recipient of international aid, the Palestinian Authority has received about $8,462,161,328 between 2007 and 2014. At more than $3,000 per capita, and about $428 per capita per year, that’s nearly four times the aid given to Europeans by the Marshall Plan — money that completely rebuilt Europe from the devastation of the Second World War. The deep-seated corruption of the Palestinian Authority is the principal reason that Palestinians continue to suffer economically. Their leaders are ripping them off quite literally.

Rather than an angel of peace, Mahmoud Abbas is just another villainous Middle East dictator who has crushed democracy, stifled popular expression, amassed wealth on the backs of his people, and glorified violence.

In that regard, there are no questions. But for us, in the West, there is one. If Western leaders and intellectuals really care for the rights and welfare of Palestinians, and if they really want to pave a path toward peace – why do they continue to throw their money and support behind an anti-democratic, repressive, thieving, and terrorist-sponsoring dictator like Mahmoud Abbas? Why do they falsely praise him as an angel of peace?

What is truly strange, however, about this bizarre proclamation on the part of the Pope is that you’d think Francis would want to get far away from the amorality of his predecessor Pius XII who refused to even once condemn Hitler or the holocaust through all the years of the Second World War. Francis is popular throughout the world and deservedly so. We do no need another Pope who cannot distinguish between good and evil. We do not need a Pope who lionizes as an “angel of peace” a man who wrote his Ph. D. thesis denying the holocaust.

And the Pope is surely aware of Abbas’s record. We’ve long witnessed the “moderate” Abbas naming public squares after Palestinian terrorists whose hands are dripping with Jewish blood. He posthumously bestowed the “Star of Honor” on Abu Jihad, the mastermind of the 1978 Coastal Road attack where 38 Israelis, including 13 children, were killed, calling him “the model of a true fighter and devoted leader.” In 2011, he named a public square after Dalal Mughrabi, the Palestinian woman who led the attack.

The real record of Mahmoud Abbas is what I witnessed last Thursday night in Nablus. I had come to Israel to speak at the central Jerusalem Day Celebrations at Yeshivat Merkaz Harav, attended by the President and Prime Minister Netanyahu, on Sunday night. But just as I arrived on Thursday I heard of a mid-night excursion into Shechem-Nablus to visit the tomb of Joseph.

It was an unforgettable experience consisting of having to sneak, as Jews, in the dead of night to simply pray. We were protected by more than 1000 soldiers so that we would not be murdered.

Because the true legacy of Abbas is incitement and hatred against Jews and an absolute  denial to live together in peace.

Angel of peace? He is a merchant of death.

Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is founder of The World Values Network and is the international best-selling author of 30 books, including The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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  • SARA RIFKA

    NO PROBLEM HATING AND DESIRING THE ‘POPE’ TO BE FORGOTTEN……..EVIL NEVER CHANGES…

    ONLY FOOLS DO….AND I SEE MANY IN THE LINES ABOVE

    WHO DISPLAYED SUCH HATRED DURING THE WAR,,,,,AFTER THE WAR…..AND STILL GOING.

    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH….KILLER OF YOUNG BOYS.

  • Regardless of how the Pope referred to Abbas, he should have taken a moral stance by refusing to meet him, as should all self-respecting world leaders. Since when does a Holocaust denier, terrorist and embezzler get the red carpet?

    And where are all the pro-Palestinian NGOs? Don’t they think the Palestinians deserve better?

    • DACON9

      BENNIE HABIBI
      when the world leaders are themselves deniers or haters or believers in replacement theology.
      The existence of ISRAEL is a slap in the face of xtianity therefore I conclude that anyway xtians can destroy Israel to make way for xtians , they will use.

      BENYAMEEN .. I NEVER HEARD ANY POPE REFERING TO ”ISRAEL”. they will say ”holyland”.

      IT IRKS THEM TO SAY YIRET SHAMAYIM OR ISRAEL..

  • Lynne T

    Rabbi Boteach: before you write editorials, it would be a good idea to get confirmation that the Pope was quoted correctly. In this case, he was not. The Italian media have been clear — the Pope was urging Abbas to be an angel of peace. It was, however, AFP* that came out with the spin that the Pope was praising Abbas as an angel of peace and of course the English language media that picked the story up chose to run with the AFP version.

    * Only a few months ago, AFP had to do a sad partial retraction of the story they ran with about a non-existent Israeli dam being the cause of spring flooding in Gaza, because fact checking is no longer required.

  • According to an Italian reporter that was present the Pope said to Abba “may you be an angel for peace” and not “you ARE an..”.
    His words were distorted by the anti-Israel press.

    • DACON9

      HARRY BABY,
      THAT Italian reporter SAID ELVIS IS ITALIAN.
      So you have one reporter and t here must have been at least 50 reporters….
      anything else do you have to say?

  • Rosewood11

    I wanted to return here and offer some clarification of Pope Francis’ remarks. When he is wrong–as in the recognition of a “Palestinian state”–I will say so. I will also quote him more fully when the media has twisted his words. According to PJ Media (neither liberal nor Catholic in its leanings) the actual quote of the Pope’s words according to the Italian paper “La Stampa” is as follows:

    “As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented presented [sic] a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting: “May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: may you be an angel of peace.”

    That is different from saying Abbas is one at the present time.

    However, no matter how much of a pass the Pope may get on this quote, he still doesn’t get one on the Church’s recognition a Palestinian state. I don’t know how anyone can make even a cursory reading of the Bible, and fail to recognize that this is in opposition to everything Scripture teaches. The LORD says that is HIS land, and he gave it specifically to Israel. To say anything else is to stand in opposition to God Himself, and I don’t think that’s where the Catholic Church really wants to be.

  • My God this is devastating and disgusting . when will the world leave us alone.. it is not a question but a statement.

  • After Pope Francis met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, calling him “an angel of peace”, we see “an angel of war” with the name Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who said that: “Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war”.

    Does anyone wish TO VENTURE to explain what happens in these moments?

  • Eugene D. Clough

    Hello Rabbi Boteach,

    You have no need to separate yourself from anyone inclined to accept papal infallibility, even as you reject the Pope’s characterization of Mahmoud Abbas as an angel of peace.

    Infallibility of the Pope applies only when he speaks formally as head of the Church on a subject concerning its faith and morals. What the Pope wants to call Abbas has nothing to do with Catholic doctrine on faith or morality. All Catholics know that the Pope’s remarks about Abbas, or any other politician, are certainly open to error and can be rejected by any Catholic who chooses to do so.

    I should like to say preliminarily that I am not comfortable arguing with a Rabbi. But your attempt to link Pope Francis to an antiquated and bogus depiction of Eugenio Pacelli, known to history as Pope Pius XII, deserves some rebuttal. With your permission, I offer you the following in a spirit of an honest difference of opinion.

    Pope Pius XII did as much as anyone could who did not command an army in occupied Europe during World War II. If a person of stature had no defense of arms, he knew better than to openly condemn Hitler and expect to remain alive. Further, to speak so, could bring down death and destruction upon associates, friends, neighbors, followers, and anyone else that could be thought as an ally.

    Would you have Pope Pius be another Ghandi or Mandela. He was not the leader of a protest movement. He did not have the troops or martial assets that would have afforded an opportunity to hole up in the Vatican radio station and broadcast denunciations of the Nazis. Besides even if the Pope had sufficient military assets, he knew that Catholics in Germany and other parts of Nazi-dominated Europe were completely exposed to Nazi retribution.

    Would you have had the Pope go into exile and record for the BBC or head up bond drives, or issue encyclicals that could be air-dropped into occupied territory?. (Actually, I think that did happen with one of the Pope’s broadcast speeches.) There is something to be said for war-time propaganda. But the Pope had a leadership responsibility of global dimension, one well beyond a one-time denunciation of Hitler.

    His task was to lead a religion that was a continent-spanning aggregation of people and institutions that was in many locales wholly susceptible to annihilation by the Nazis. He fought the Nazis as he shepherded his Church through possibly the worst of anytime in recorded history. He fought the Nazis in the manner to which he was trained and experienced.

    Before he became Pope he was a Vatican administrator, a papal diplomat and Papal Secretary of State. He opposed the Nazis through diplomatic maneuvering and action that was carefully drawn to cause as little repression of the vulnerable as possible. Even then, despite the attempt to fight the Nazis with statecraft and diplomatic discourse, what the Pope said or did could result in a terrible backlash when the Nazis reacted.

    After the Pope’s Christmas radio address of 1942, Dutch bishops interpreted it as a call to the faithful to protest openly against Nazi barbarism. But the Nazi forces in the Netherlands reacted with great brutality. As result of a pastoral letter condemning Nazi rule, that was read in Catholic churches at Sunday Mass, Nazi troops and secret police arrested Catholic clergy and other religious of Jewish heritage. They then put them in railroad cattle cars headed for Auschwitzl. There, they were immediately gassed.

    Protesting Nazi rule, condemning Hitler publicly in occupied Europe, Rabbi, was not the equivalent of a teach-in against the Viet Nam War.

    Pope Pius II did not confine Catholic efforts against the Nazis to proclamations and institutional stratagems. He opened all the facilities of the Church in Italy to house Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. It is well-documented that the Pope’s summer home, a series of villas known as Castel Gandolfo, became a temporary refuge that protected between ten to fifteen thousand Jewish fugitives during the war. The Pope arranged for thousands of Jews to obtain passports that provided an opportunity to flee to South America. He presided over a multi-national network of church officials who obtained valuable information about Nazi movements that the Church presented to Allied governments.

    There is much more to the history of the role of Pope Pius II in protecting Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. It is there for those who want to read it.

    In short, Rabbi Boteach, at this point in time, it is a canard, something of a smear, if you will, to define Pope Pius II merely as a man who “refused to even once condemn Hitler or the [H]olocaust.”

    But to get back to the principal inquiry of your article, why did Pope Francis greet Mahmoud Abbas so favorably? It is truly shocking. I have no idea, myself, except perhaps as a very ill-advised signal of a new Vatican shift toward the Palestinians. Perhaps, but I think this incident is sufficiently without a prologue that any attempt to explain it in terms of policy will have to wait for more information. In the meantime, I would explain it as a mistake, a terrible mistake, a terribly sad mistake.

    • Scott

      Eugene,
      First let me say that the purpose of this forum is truly to have a dialogue both in favor and against the opinions of the article.
      To that end, I truly appreciate your comments in that spirit. You have shown by your comments that you are personally involved and have an opinion worthy of discussion.

      As to its merits.
      The Papacy has a long history of taking a moral stance on many issues. I believe Rabbi Boteach was correct in his argument, that has a strong religious and moral leader, the Pope did nothing of the sort to help the moral travesty perpetrated upon Europe’s Jewish population during WW2. I believe that whatever minor behind the scenes attempts he may have made toward alleviating the hollocaust were at best,mother hallmark of cowardice.

      I am not disparaging at all of your remarks as to your discription of what Papal Infaliability truly means, but rather the cowardice of the man. Due to his high office, it would have been unthinkable for the Third Reich or Mussilinin’s Italy to have moved against the Pope in any meaningful way. As such, I believe, ( though as you nicely explained the concept of PApal Infalibility as to it’s clerical meaning), the Pope showed a moral cowardice to speak out against the attrocities of the Third Reich. I include in that, the Axis Powers and indeed the entire Apartheid Arab/Muslim world of the 1930’s and 1940’s – up to this day in their case.

      That brings us to the modern Papacy. his Holiness is effectively following the example of his predecessor in appeasement of an evil so great, it is inconceivable.

      To this end, the man, not the office in Rabbi Botech’s opinion ( which I share), is to be roundly criticized (which you have stated your dismay at). However, given his high office, it is a poor reflection on the Church which at best, has a horribly checkered past on the lack of understanding that its previous actions have had upon Jews in particular throuout history.

      To this point, we are too dismayed, but understand the history of appeasement and political expediency that the Church has displayed throughout its history.

      It can only come from the Worlds Carholics to set the record straight. In the face of such a daunting task, not too dissimilar from what “moderate Islam (at least claims to be the victim of), it will take many collective questioning voices addressed to His Excellency, to sway the opinions of the man toward understanding of the truth.

      I welcome and admire your dismay. Perhaps you can help move fellow Catholics in their voices, to address your dismay directly to the Pope?
      Respectfully….

      • Scott

        Sorry for a few typos…I’m sure the meaning came through.

        • DACON9

          scotty…no television for you this week.
          Do your homework and go to bed early

    • many people gave their lives and the lives of their loved ones to stand for a moral cause..
      shouldn’t the pope be on the side of morality instead of his mortal soul? anything to live, trample those below you just to get a breath of stinking air.

      really, some people slay me !!

    • Mark_NYC

      And the infamous “rat line” by which the church assisted countless Nazis and SS to escape from Europe to South America after the war, can the commenter please explain that to the rest of us? Cardinal Roncalli, who later became Pope John, falsified thousands of Baptismal certificates to save Italian Jews from the fascists during WWII. This was a courageous act at considerable risk to his own person, for which he has since been honored as a righteous gentile. Can Pope Pius claim anywhere near this kind of bravery and decency during his tenure?

    • SARA RIFKA

      GENTILES DON’T HAVE SPACE TO REMARK…..SINCE ALL YOUR REMARKS ARE MEANT TO HARM THEN TO HEAL….

      JEALOUSY DOESN’T BUY EVEN A CUP OF COFFEE……

  • Lou VanDelman

    I thought the Pope was a wise man. I was wrong.

  • robert davis

    This pope is an antisemite and does NOT deserve respect. I do NOT respect him and coinsider him a coward,a liar, an antisemite and an hypocrit. He is also an ignorant if he does not know he has no right to recognize a bunch of terrorists as a nation legally inexistent and in particular on Palestinians soiuld which is protected by un’s chart article 80. HE IS A CLOWN nothing more, nothing less.

    • Eva

      I absolutely agree with you, Robert! It isn’t true that “everyone respects the pope”! Why should I respect him? I don’t respect him after what he said, after what he did!

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    In 1974Abu MAzen, Abbas’ war name, entered with a group of terrorist in Ma’alot-Tarshisha, Israel, murdered a family (wife 7months pregnant) with a 3years old child, and after y went to a school and contributed phisically to the murderof 22 children and 3 adults. Although pope used the voluntary ambiguous “possa” essere un angelo della pace (could), he embraced a murderer

  • Straightshooter

    My parents raised me to believe that you are known by the company you keep. Perhaps Pope Francis ought to have considered the unsavory nature of this ‘angel of peace’ before embracing him publicly.

  • marcus miller

    Honest reporting say this is not what the Pope said – he actually asked Abbas to be an angel of peace and not that he (Abbas) is an angel of peace.

    The rest of your article in fact and sentiment I wholly support. The biggest enemy of hope for the average Arab under the PA Authority is the murderous and corrupt parasites who purportedly lead them and Abbas is the worst of the worst.

  • P gaetti

    The Pope should not get involved on political matters and should get involved only in religious matters , The Pope is out of touch with reality .what does the Pope knows regarding the Middle East , he never lived there !

  • Mickey Oberman

    “Did Pope Francis Whitewash a Terrorist?”

    Why?

    Was it a FRench kiss?

  • Lawdoc

    Hopefully, Rabbi Boteach can maneuver a meeting (“audience”?) with the Pope and share this with him. His responses would be most interesting.

  • Noel Hershfield

    Who is Surprised?He is simply following the Catholic narrative for the past two millenia.Jews killed Jesus,and to quote Hillel,all the rest is commentary.

  • ephraim bander

    What a foolish question. Look at the organization this person heads. Pedaphiles, murder of Jews for over 1900 years. Destroying our Holy Temple and stealing anything of value. To this day they have not even considered returning what they have stolen from us. They supported hitler and all the other terrorists. The surprise would be if they ever had an ounce of regret and begged for forgiveness. We won’t hold our breathe. They epitomize evil. Wolfs in sheeps clothing. They are not fooling anyone, Moshiach is a hairsbreadth away and anyone, anyone who shed Jewish blood is in for the worst nightmare imaginable. This fake will be at the head.

  • M. Otero

    The US, UK, and UN have all passed nonbinding resolutions that the 1948 flight of Palestinian Arabs and those of the North African Jews be resolved concurrently. The chief trouble maker has been the Arab League. all our negotiations a farce and most of Israel’s critics very shallow thinkers or,,,?Equally frustrating is the debate about Saddam’s WMDs didn’t exist, WMD don’t include Arab atomic bombs as Saddam had agreed, but all night Israel transmitted film showing a steady roll of trucks heading for Syria. The Israelis advised us that Iran was the enemy, not Iraq.

  • Rex

    Pope Francis says and does a lot of things which are down right Communist. If he understood that Communism was really enslaving the people, who would quit talking like a Communist.

  • While what you write about Abbas is correct, you misquote Pope Francis. What he actually said when he gave Abbas the statue of the Angel of Peace was that Abbas COULD be an angel of peace. He was expressing his hope that Abbas would change his behavior and that there will be peace in the Middle East. It’s not likely that will happen. Nonetheless, you should give the Pope credit for what he actually said, and not what the AP, in its rush to get a great headline, reported.

    Yehuditrose
    Jerusalem

  • Michael Abramowitz

    This is how I understand the Pope’s actions. Christians are being killed by Moslims all over the Arab World and there is nothing the Pope can do about it. All he has is “moral” authority (no army). Bethlehem has been protected as a Christian city since Israel had control of it since 1967, but since the PLO got control in the so called peace negotiations, the Christians fled, and its now a Moslem city. That’s reason one for trying to appease the Palestinians. Reason two is that the Catholic Church has always been against the Jewish State because, as they see it, G-d has abandoned the Jews and made the Catholics his chosen people. With the return of the Jews to Israel, the Church has been in turmoil, even more so when the Jewish People returned to Jerusalem, because it reveals the lie that G-d has abandoned Israel. The enemies of Israel therefore are the natural allies of the Church because without an Israel, the Church can continue saying to the world that they replaced the Jews. This, by the way, is called “Replacement Theology”. I’m not the first to notice this. Google it.

  • Elaina Electrah

    What drugs is the Pope on?

  • kern

    According to Catholic belief, the Pontiff is infallible only in matters of theology.

    Catholic theology does not allow that any Pope is infallible in his non-theological pronouncements.

  • Previously the catholic pope did not have a country like the Coptic orthodox pope of Alexandria. Only in 1929 he got it cunningly with the help of Mussolini. So already his hands are a bloodied one. Hence he can easily call the other bloodied one as saint

  • Fortunately the poor old pope also has a whitewash team: it was explained that his remark had been taken out of context (that’s something all the rest of us always do)and the pope had merely expressed the hope that Abbas would become an angel of peace … and if you believe this specific whitewash I’ll move to Brooklyn in the USA and start a business selling bridges.

  • Jack HOLAN

    Yes he certified the PA/HAMAS Kosher in the eyes of the Catholic Church and many countries. This would never have happened under his predecessor Pope Benedict. He knew exactly what the World would be getting. Just a few weeks before this announcement Obama met with the Pope without fanfare. I’m sure Obama was helping the pieces of the puzzle fit for his final picture.

  • Pinchas Baram

    yes, we know the Church has its “reasons— but the bottom line is el papa is a fool and the RCC is corrupt and its default position is typically cold if not antagonistic to Israel.

  • David Cowley

    I think the Pope’s idea in calling Mr Abbas an “angel of peace” is to turn him into one…the challenge is now in Mr Abbas’ court? And the world at large knows about it; from now on Mr Abbas must feel somehow compelled to at least start acting like and angel of peace! Well, you never know do you?

  • Art. F. Verschoor

    Perhaps the Pope has forgotten the warning from the prophet Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
    (Isaiah 5:20)

  • Arthur Cohn

    Certainly , Pope Francis has shown himself to be a jerk!

  • Isaac Brajtman

    Did he really say that he is ,or did he say he could be an angel of peace. I hope its the latter

  • Joseph

    Good job Shmuley. Too bad you didn’t do a similar job on Sharpton. True, he is no terrorist, but he is no
    saint, and no friend of Israel.

  • Dov

    For the Pope to call a murderer an Angel of Peace only shows that he is as much human as anyone. He was seeking the Moslem protection over the Christians and was hoping that be appeasing the Moslem, his people will have it better and so what if he throws the Jews under the bus, isn’t that what Popes have done for so many years?

  • Barry Poladsky

    Almost everything in the article is correct, but this clarification by pjmedia appears true, and the Pope didn’t actually call Abbas an angel of anything:

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/05/16/contrary-to-popular-outrage-pope-francis-didnt-call-mahmoud-abbas-an-angel-of-peace/

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    I hope the Pope would read this comment. Rabbi Boteach answered so eloquently.

  • Anthony dayton

    Well written. It would be perfect if the Pope were somehow required to respond to it.

  • G Marcus

    How liberal media distorted the Pope’s words:

    According to the Italian press the Pope actually said to Abu-Mazen:

    “You COULD BE an angel of peace.”

    Which means the contrary of what Western media reported.

    http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/media-gets-pope-s-abbas-comments-wrong_948653.html

  • Harry Greenblatt

    Bravo !!

  • Rosewood11

    As a practising Catholic, I am so offended by this Pope’s embrace of the murdering Palestinian leadership. The Church continues to align itself with enemies of Christianity (let alone enemies of the Jewish people and the state of Israel), and then wonders why its people are being slaughtered and persecuted. And Pope Francis has done this after ISIS, fresh from the slaughter of the 21 Copts, threatened to come to Rome and kill him. It is time Pope Francis and the Catholic Church–even its Palestinian members–learned who their friends truly are, and supported the people of Israel.

  • Typical Muslim..if you revere the sociopath Muhammad who personally decapitated 600 – 900 unarmed Jews, then you are a merchant of death like Abbas…just a typical Muslim

  • Milhouse

    Francis did not call Abbas an angel of peace; he called on him to become one.

  • rachel robinson

    “I respect the Pope. Gosh, everyone respects the Pope.” Why???

  • It’s unfortunate …
    I am firmly believe that people – let’s say representing both sides but dedicated to the true and whole historic account , should approach Pope .
    He still a human , still could be misleaded in his path to mislead …

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