Update: Reuters reports that the Pope and Benjamin Netanyahu differed today over Jesus’s language.
“Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew,” Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity.
“Aramaic,” the pope interjected.
“He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew,” Netanyahu shot back.
Catholic Culture reports that the two men differed on two issues, the Aramaic question , and the wall.
Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagreed openly on two topics during their meeting on May 26.
12 P.M.: In an unscheduled stop not listed on his published itenerary, Pope Francis descended from his popemobile when it drove past the hulking grey concrete wall that Israel erected 10 years ago during a Palestinian uprising, that divides Bethlehem from the adjacent Jerusalem.
The pope spent several minutes under the shadow of an Israeli watchtower and said a prayer, a Reuters witness said.
After describing the overall situation between Israel and the Palestinians as “increasingly unacceptable,” the pope made a dramatic, unscheduled stop at Israel’s contentious concrete barrier separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem, where he prayed and touched his head against the graffiti-covered wall.
Meantime, the Prime Minister of Israel is fighting back against the image that has gone worldwide.
PM Netanyahu: “I explained to the Pope that building the security fence prevented many more victims that Palestinian terror planned to harm”
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) May 26, 2014
Time Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR and the Associated Press have supported his endeavor, captioning the iconic photograph, “Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank.” But the wall doesn’t separate the countries. It robs tons of Palestinian land. And it’s not just the West Bank, it’s Palestine. As for the security claim, the absence of Palestinian suicide bombers is a reflection of a Palestinian decision to pursue a nonviolent course, as Mustafa Barghouthi said recently. uces the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank
The Pope also went to Dheisheh refugee camp. These photos are from the UN Relief and Works Agency.
The Israelis are countering with lots of images of the Pope in Israel. Here he is laying a wreath at Herzl’s grave.
Here he is at Yad Vashem, on youtube. And a still photo, with his good friends in the background:
The AP reports:
Pope Francis honored Jews killed in the Holocaust and other attacks and kissed the hands of Holocaust survivors as he capped his three-day Mideast trip with poignant stops Monday at some of the holiest and most haunting sites for Jews.
Netanyahu got the Pope to stop at a wall for Israeli victims of terror attacks:
I would like to thank Pope Francis for accepting my invitation to visit the memorial for terror victims
Mazin Qumsiyeh noted this encounter below with the Pope in Bethlehem:
And Qumsiyeh writes:
The Pope later went on to Tel Aviv to be was sandwiched between two Zionist Polish liars who continue to build walls of hate and destruction: Persky (aka Peres) and Mileikowsky (aka Netanyahu). The Pope had to listen as both atheists said that God gave this land to the Jews and that Israel was “the
land of the Jewish people” and is a “democracy that guarantees freedom of religion”! Unfortunately, the Pope is also forced to lay a wreath at the tomb of Theodore Herzl (in addition to the obligatory stops at “Yad Vashem” and Herod’s retaining wall [the Western Wall). Herzl is another atheist who is “credited”
with organizing a world-wide Zionist movement that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths (not counting those crimes committed by its subservient armies like the US army killing Iraqis etc).
Oh and I missed this from the Times:
On Sunday, Francis became the first pope to travel directly into Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory and to call it the “State of Palestine,” affirming the 2012 United Nations resolution upgrading its status.
But the article later says:
John Paul II’s visit in 2000 “was a huge revolution,” Professor Ramon said, particularly his placement of a note committing “to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant” between the stones of the Western Wall.
The NYT doesn’t regard occupied East Jerusalem as occupied territory?