Pope Francis joined the international chorus of sensible nations and leaders to decry Trump’s insane decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that will cause greater tension between Jews and Palestinians. Like most US presidents and world leaders with a modicum of knowledge of politics in the region, the pope feels the move will create “new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.”
Pope Francis calls for the preservation of Jerusalem's "identity" in the wake of President Trump's expected move to declare the city the capital of Israel https://t.co/cfo2Zlyuun pic.twitter.com/UEneNaGkjQ
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The Pope has had an unsteady relationship with President Trump ever since his first inflammatory comments about immigrants. Most recently, he slammed politicians who instigate fear and hatred of immigrants, calling on them to stop inciting violence and racism and instead adopt “practical measures” to welcome immigrants into their countries. Seriously, it takes a special kind of a-hole to upset what has to be the nicest and most progressive Pope in the history of the papacy.
“I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days,” the Pope said last night.
Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem is essentially telling Palestinians that the United States wholly endorses every human rights crime and an act of genocide that the Israeli government ever committed. At worse, it only reinforces the belief that the US government has little if any concern of bringing about a two-state solution. Even George Bush and his cabal of sinister neocons were never foolish enough to instigate such a massively dangerous policy.
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