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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776
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Don’t Celebrate Pope’s Visit to Israel

Pope Francis will visit Jerusalem on May 26 after visiting Jordan and the town of Bethlehem.

Pope Francis will visit Jerusalem on May 26 after visiting Jordan and the town of Bethlehem.
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I’m one Israeli who is not impressed nor happy that the current pope, head of the Roman Catholic Church will be in Israel next week. No doubt many Israelis will find themselves stuck in traffic as the papal convoys traverse the Jerusalem area, wherever his itinerary takes him. And the fact that some Israelis won’t even be given any freedom of movement is worse.

An Israeli police spokesman said police and the Shin Bet internal security service handed restraining orders to “a number of right-wing activists” whom they believed intended to cause “disruptions during the pope’s visit and be involved in provocative illegal acts.”

The spokesman declined to say how many activists received the orders. But he said they would not be allowed to enter certain areas “for security reasons” for four days.

There is a very, very major problem with the planning of the visit. I don’t agree with the concept of “equality/balance” between Israel and the so-called “Palestinians.”

Despite the pope’s strong ties to the Argentine Jewish community and appreciation for Judaism, which he cultivated during his years as the amicable archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis will maintain a policy of “total balance” when it comes to Israelis and Palestinians, the rabbi predicted.

Israel is a country sixty-six 66 years old, the return/continuation of a well-documented nation/people over three thousand 3,000 years old while the so-called Palestinians are a recently invented “people” who use terrorism against Jews and Israelis to get publicity and support. There’s no comparison, no balance between us and the Arabs. It’s an insult to the State of Israel to pretend that there is.

Davka that the pope’s visit coincides with the forty-seventh anniversary of the 1967 Six Days War is terrible timing. We should be thanking G-d and celebrating the great miracle of our survival and victory and not celebrating the visit of a man who represents a religion with a long, very long history of murdering Jews and forcing conversion to Catholicism.

And I pray to G-d that we can trust those government “reassurances” that the Mount Zion, David’s Tomb area won’t be given to the Vatican.

If the pope really insists on coming here to Israel it should not only be to officially apologize for the Crusades, Inquisition and tacit support of the Nazis, it should be to admit that his Catholic religion is an attempt of identity theft since they claim to be the continuation of the Jewish Bible and want our historic Holy Land. Of course, there’s no chance of that, but I can dream…

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