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Pope Francis Cancels Israel Trip

Pope Francis has been forced to cancel his planned trip to Israel in May due to a labor dispute within the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

The Pope, who has garnered considerable acclaim from Jewish leaders for his push for stronger Jewish-Christian relations, announced the trip to Israel and Jordan in January. The visit was scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s visit in 1964.

Due to the Pope’s busy schedule, the visit was canceled and not rescheduled.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was scheduled to address the Israeli Knesset on March 12, was also forced to reschedule his visit due to the labor dispute. Cameron also had to cancel an earlier trip to Israel due to massive flooding in the U.K. in February.

The labor dispute may also force President Shimon Peres to cancel a scheduled trip to China in April.

The Foreign Ministry’s Workers Union is pushing for higher wages and better working conditions for diplomats serving abroad.

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59 Responses to “Pope Francis Cancels Israel Trip”

  1. Nathan Katz says:

    Shame on the Foreign Ministry workers.

  2. Especially since the blood moons are starting soon … Israel if you truly want all God of Israel support of your nation promised unto you by Abraham’s great obedience to The Lord Thy God abolish all pagan things from the nation. Don’t be as King Solomon did in his old age . He was wise indeed but he in old age fell to pagan idols . And caused the nation to suffer greatly.

  3. God bless Israel and peace be upon them and their birth right Jerusalem

  4. Don’t divide your kingdom or sell your birth right as Esau did .

  5. this doesnt suprise me when ever has the church helped the jews not in the holocaust either If not now when . this pope is no different .all for show sell your **** and give it to the poor what a . joke Idid like the last pope he was aPope for the people at least.

  6. Pope Francis has been forced to cancel his planned trip to Israel in May due to a labor dispute within the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
    The Pope, who has garnered considerable acclaim from Jewish leaders for his push for stronger Jewish-Christian relations, announced the trip to Israel and Jordan…
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    JNS News Service has published “Pope Francis Cancels Israel Trip” on JewishPress.com.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pope-francis-cancels-israel-trip/2014/03/07/

  7. why is a German even the pope go figure ? Ratizer alright didnt he serve in the Nazi service too as akid or something OMG. whats up with that one ???

  8. Good thing it’s cancelled. The Pope is a false prophet anyway. It’s just a matter of time before he starts promoting Chrislam. :(

  9. Good. He has no business in Israel. If he wants strong ties he should convert from paganism.

  10. Greg Hampton says:

    He cancelled so he could perform some gay weddings to build his creds with the LGBT community…

  11. Very bad impression on the world for this to happen. We need all the friends we can get and someone needed to explain this to this union’s leadership and rank & file. Israel doesn’t get many chances to put-on a good face for the world and this is a very large missed opportunity. -Shameful!

  12. this is a mistake, israel

  13. shame on Israel for not settling the labor dispute – they claim they want the Arabs to allow us Jews to visit our holy sites, how about making it possible for the Pope to visit his? very disrespectful – and quite sad considering how wonderful this new pope is

  14. Karen Bryant says:

    The catholic church is rich. Don’t see why he can’t pay for his own security.

  15. Why is it a mistake? Israel Doesn’t Need the Pope or Anyone But GOD!! HE Has a Plan for Israel And it has nothing to do with the pope. It has to do with JESUS!!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I hate unions! Israel should get rid of them and make Israel a right-to-work state, as many U.S. states are, B"H.

  17. Excuses. Israel doesn’t need the pope. Israel has GOD. Israel doesn’t need world goody 2 shoes, backstabbers, hatters of Israel. I don’t care what the pope does!! .ROME will be a political power in the end. It has already put their nose in things that would blow you away. LEST WE FORGET..the catholic church killed a million Jews during the crusades all in the name of GOD.and more recently to protect themselves during WW2 turning Jewish people to the Nazis.. believers in the word of GOD, need only GOD. Put on a good face?? .Israel doesn’t need to put on a good face. Hitler put on a good face in WW2 and what happened?? 6 million Jews dead, babies tortured, women tortured by doing horrific things to them. argggghhh i get so mad at times. BS.

  18. If he believed in GOD he wouldn’t be scared for his security. BS excuses. ROME will be a political power in the end.. God doesn’t want him in Israel because God knows his heart.

  19. exactly thank you. you think like I do.

  20. Political correctness trip anyway..Fake double cross. a man with an agenda

  21. non it is not. God doesn’t want him in Israel.

  22. there is where that pope needs to go and not for a photo-op. where is his outrage over this.

  23. yes you are correct. think of it a POPE who is pro gay??

  24. nothing to do with it…its’ nonsense.

  25. Excuse me, Mr. Kolakowski I think the pope has nothing to do in Israel.
    Let him stay in Rome and handle the problems in his own church, then he has to do a lot.
    He only wants to annex some places in Israel and rule over them, that is his goal. read this in the history.Please open your eyes and see the reality. He is wolf in sheepclothes.
    I tell you this with all respect for your position as a Rabbi and for your country Israel.Shalom

  26. what friends?? you think? true friends of Israel are believers in the word of GOD not man including the pope. Him and his followers of the world will hurt Israel. have a gay parade in Rome instead.

  27. You miss the point totally

  28. let me clarify – the pope should not be allowed in israel – i read the article and i meant that it would be a mistake to allow him in, and Peres is trying to open that door, wy i dont know because you are right Daniel Moseley, God does not want the pope in Israel.

  29. The Pope isn’t German. He’s from Argentina.

  30. Harold Taback says:

    I am appaled at the anti-pope comments. We Jews need all the friends we can get, and he is a friend of Jewish Israel

  31. the pope servced as akid in the Nazi german party in germany now the pope go figure ??? Ididnt say he was German only he served there for the Nazu=i Party look it up facts dont lie…

  32. Maya Wiertel says:

    I heard just to the contrary today ,

  33. Seems to me if one doesn’t do his/her job they should be fired. Even Canadian PM’s visit cancelled -

  34. You also don’t want the Canadian PM to visit? Or how about Peres trip to China – cancelled

  35. What a shame there is so much hatred in the world which brings wars and divisions, instead of love. Christians too often divide their own into Protestant denominations of which one is best and Catholic, and many villify the Catholics. We won’t get into anti-semitism which Jesus the Jew would find abhorent. Then one has the ‘Gay parade’ comments like Gays can just change (can you a hetero, which I also am?), they are what is wrong with America-even though God loves them just as much. This Pope has been more loving than many Christians that throw stones at him, and I am not Catholic. I hope he will be able to visit, and that the Israeli Foreign Ministry will be able to straighten up their Labor dispute. L’Chaim

  36. loss of tourist revenue

  37. Bailey Karr says:

    as usual the church feeds antisemitism

  38. Bailey. NOT THE CHURCH. Maybe some but the Church as a Whole Love and support Israel. Don’t Put All of us in the Same category. We Are not!!!a Lot of Jews hate Christians even though we support them.

  39. Elizabeth. True. Christians Believe And Try to Live According to the Word Of GOD. HIS Word Is Right. And Anyone who Believes Anything else IS Wrong!! GOD Is judge!!

  40. Gottesman is right. This difinitely gives a poor impression of Israel to the world.

  41. Greg Hampton says:

    Elizabeth, homosexuality is a learned behavior like all sinful behavior is – do not buy in to the LGTB hype that it is genetic – it isn’t. It is no more genetic than be in a liar is, or a thief is, or an idolater. We may be born with a sin nature, we may have a general tendency towards certain sins, but the to take the action to engage in the sin is a conscious active voluntary choice. The Pope may be a loving man, but as a leader of a “Christian” church his love should be expressed by speaking the truth of the whole counsel of God so the lost can see what separates them from God, so they may repent, and come to Christ in faith to receive His blessed grace. When he fails to uphold clear Bible doctrine he dooms the lost by hiding the light of the Gospel from them.

  42. Jane Folkard says:

    Israel does not need this bloke. You have God.

  43. Mary Hale says:

    I wouldn't trust that pope..he's up to something..and it's certainly not friendship..

  44. John Fluger says:

    ….pray for the Pope , maybe he will become a real Christian….

  45. Sientje Seinen says:

    Harold Taback the pope only does things for his own glory not because he loves Israel, but because it is his job as head of the roman catholic church to garner more converts.

  46. Sientje Seinen says:

    rabbi Josheph Kolakowski so did the pharisees think that Pontius Pilate was wonderfull. be carefull.

  47. :o why? hmm…hopefully will be re-scheduled….

  48. Jimmy Khambu says:

    Israel has HaShem the true Holy God/Father and does not need a earthly holy father which is a fake and counterfit. Israel must not turn away from HaShem by accepting pagans through establishing relationship. Israel must be free from a pagan connect. Establish a relation and HaShem will not protect you Israel. God bless Israel.

  49. Carlos Font says:

    People who work for the government should not be permitted to strike. If you don't like it, quit! When flight controllers went on strike in the U.S. they were fired and replaced. On the anti-Christian comments below: those people are well aware that Jews have been vicims of anti Semitism for ages and should learn from history. Rabbi Kolakowsski is right.

  50. non you are …get your facts..you must be a muslim and I could care less what you think

  51. non you are …get your facts..you must be a muslim and I could care less what you think

  52. Yori Mendel says:

    Hooray!!! Great!!!! Keep the Pagan Out!!!

  53. Yori Mendel says:

    Keep them Labor Disputes coming, if it will keep him out of Israel. He has been shown to be a murder supporter in Argentina’ Dirty War, and was instrumental in the throwing people out of Plane doors in flight. He also paid to hide the direct murderers there. He’s not as sweet as he pretends.

  54. What exactly is organized labor after? In my youthful naivete, I thought is was to better the conditions of poor, exploited, downtrodden factory workers who could barely scrape by with their pittances of salaries!!! I seem to have been wrong. They have morphed into accomplices of socialistic and communistic government takeover aims!!! If they like that way so much, let them leave us alone and go to Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela…..or is it the power they are after, hoping to be members of the ruling class if they help overthrow us??? Israel and USA, Australia…..have workers so generally fairly treated that thousands if not millions of people from 3rd world countries…and communist/socialist countries are thronging to get in….not so Russia, China, Cuba etc etc…

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