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Peres and Pope to Team up for Peace Process Resurrection

Peres, the pope and the word “peace’" are virtually interchangeable. All three of them get together next week to try to resurrect the peace process. And don’t forget Kerry is a Catholic more or less.
Pope Francis to host President Peres, who will officially invite him to visit Israel.

Pope Francis to host President Peres, who will officially invite him to visit Israel.
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President Shimon Peres will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican next week in their first diplomatic meting, whose agenda includes the eternal pursuit for peace in the Middle East, “peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,” the war against poverty and relations between Jews and the Vatican.

That is pretty hefty list, but wait. There is more.

The mayor of Assisi, where hundreds of Franciscan monks live, will present its first-ever Medal of Honor for Peace to President Peres for his “unique contribution to dialogue and the cause of peace.”

Everyone, perhaps even Peres himself, has lost count of all the peace awards he has received. Of course, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, but then again, so did Yasser Arafat.

With every peace award, peace seems to be further over the horizon, but that only makes people like President Peres, the pope and the U.S. State Dept. even more determined than ever to get there.

Every year, the “window of opportunity” is closing. Every year, this is the last chance.

Every year, a Palestinian Authority-Israeli peace agreement will be signed in a year.

Perhaps that is what keeps war in the shadow of peace. Or maybe that is what keeps peace in the shadow of war.

Either way, popes are just as good as Peres in preaching peace, pardon the p’s, please.

But, wait. There is more.

Peres will officially invite Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land.

Ouch.

Pope Francis has been to Israel before, when he was beginning his position as Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus in Argentina

When?

He arrived just when the Yom Kippur War broke out, according to the Times of Israel.

So much for peace.

But, wait. There is more.

John Kerry, Hillary Clinton’s successor in going around the world in 80 hours 80 times year, also is Catholic, kind of. He does not back abortion but thinks women have the right to make that decision for themselves. That is grounds for automatic excommunication.

Nevertheless, he says he is Catholic, and he, the pope and Peres undoubtedly will be in communication to resurrect their favorite hobby, the peace process. Kerry needs it more than anyone, because without it, he would have to stick to less enjoyable jobs, such as making peace with chemical weapons, teaching the Muslim Brotherhood all about democracy, and convincing himself that Iran is just another tolerant Muslim country that really likes Jews and Christians, especially Catholics.

Israel already is getting geared up for pope’s visit, which may happen later this year.

The pope really has excited Israeli officials.

Etzion Evrony, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican, recently met with Pope Francis after his installation.

The pope greeted him in Hebrew. Wow.

He said  “Shalom.”

That means “peace.”

It also means “hello.”

And it also means “goodbye.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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18 Responses to “Peres and Pope to Team up for Peace Process Resurrection”

  1. Hell no. 70 years ago these bastards were murdering Jews for Jesus, and so let’s make covenants with the church. I know! Let the pope forget this Jesus crap and believe in G-d.

  2. lol, I love your article and sort of know what you are trying to say. G-d bless, wont say shalom seeing it means all of the above ;-).

  3. The so-called "Peace Process" is no different than Neville Chamerberlain's peace process.

    The naivety of the pope and Peres will not lead to peace, but only the destruction of the Jewish nation of Israel.

    I hope they fail, so that Israel as a Jewish nation will survive.

    Peace.

  4. A little bit sarcastic Tzvi. In spanish we say 'palo si boga y palo si no boga'.
    'either way you get hit'. I'm not catholic, but I know that the new Pope is a very good friend of Israel. I'm just saying! Give the man a break.

  5. shmuel wants to know why peres sticks his nose into everything and mostly things that are none of his business. sigh. maybe peres should go straight to being god and stop taking short cuts. the pope can be his butler.

  6. Wow ! Praise the Lord …. keeping this in prayer ….

  7. Wow ! Praise the Lord …. keeping this in prayer ….

  8. On the flipside, y'all realise that most Jewish peopledont believe Jesus Christ was/is the Messiah, right? I don't know what is going to happen with this meeting but the next time Jerusalem will be truly at peace is when our Savior returns. Anything else is a lie from satan.

  9. Anya Khan says:

    Thinking a woman has the right to choose (and I am very pro-life) is NOT ground for excommunication. If you want to write about Catholics perhaps you should learn about them. If you want to lie, go work at Ha-aretz. Shame on you for this lie.

  10. Esteban Luna says:

    "While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." (1Thessalonians 5:3).

  11. Esteban Luna says:

    "While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." (1Thessalonians 5:3).

  12. Johannes Jansen says:

    Oh yes Israel knows everything about peace, come on you lot! free palestine should be the message from zionist occupation!

  13. Colleen Fogarty-Easton says:

    Wow, what a sarcastic tone of this article and this site. How utterly ungodly – or unYAHUAH ish. Unsaved Jews hate Catholics; and this is revealed to me, more and more through the vicious, hate and antagonism coming from unsaved Jews. There is no other explanation for this. As a lover of Yahuah, and all Jews and Catholics, I am appalled and saddened by the hatred spread by Jews. Pope Francis is a humble, godly man. How do you sleep at night, writing such hatred about anyone, much less this Pope? God forgive you, not because you do not know what you are doing; you, indeed, know exactly what you are doing…. but, may God forgive you anyway, I pray.

  14. Anyone who hates the Catholic Church do not have the truth in him.Many and from misunderstanding the Holy Scriptures they accuse and hate the Church of the Lord Jesus of Nazareth more than they love God.

  15. Mark Dahm says:

    Vehemently anti-Catholic (the author). He clearly has issues to sort out.

  16. why should they trust the pope, as they were silent during the holocaust and now all of a sudden want to be friends oh yes we are told to love our enemies right? why would anyone fall for the lie that the pope is God's representative on earth? Did Christ not lay down His life for His people and therefore is now our mediator between God and mankind? so no need of the pope pretending to be God's representative.

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