Tag: embassy in jerusalem

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[ Thanks to Gil Reich who wrote a beautiful OP about Jerusalem, and to Israel P, too .] People are dying. In Gaza. The celebrations for the auspicious occasions of Jerusalem Day and the opening of the US Embassy will forever be associated with the specter of hatred and violence. Still, I want to tell you about […]

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The statement that Jerusalem is holy to three religions is true. But it is disingenuous when used as a reason to refuse to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish people’s capital. Those who see themselves as continuing the Jewish story celebrate Jerusalem as Jewish. So do those who wish to honor the Jewish people and their […]

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In the dramatic closing moments of 2017, the following has happened: United States President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the Capital of Israel. Jerusalem, the heartbeat of the Jewish people, was described in the Old Testament as a gift from God. In the same week, the UN declared it null and void. One hundred and twenty-eight […]

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Pope Francis’ Political Instincts Are Execrable

 

As a faithful, devout Catholic, I believe the pope to be infallible when he is pronouncing on matters of faith and doctrine. However, as I have told my own children many times, that does not mean that the pope is right about anything else. As a historian, I teach them of the history of the papacy, with all its lechers and weak-minded boobs, as well as its holy saints and wise and powerful leaders. In most of my lifetime, the pope has been someone whose wisdom I valued and whose reasoned statements on matters of international importance I could at least respect, even if I disagreed.

But, Pope Francis, as much as I pray for him as the leader of my church, has terrible political instincts. His self-important idea that if he doesn’t speak up, the Israelis will suddenly start oppressing religious worship, rather than being the only country in the Middle East that guarantees freedom of worship, makes me sick. The reality is that the threat of violence is not coming from the Israelis, and that only areas of Jerusalem that are under the control of the Israelis, not the Palestinians, are safe for people of all faiths.