Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Catholic Synod statement on Israeli settlements

I wrote this article today that examines the Vatican-Israel relationship following statements made at the conclusion of the Middle East Bishops Synod

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Pope Benedict XVI convened the first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops in Vatican City from October 10th to 24th.
By the end of the Synod, Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, head of the commission that drew up the statement, made the following, shocking statement:
"The theme of the Promised Land cannot be used as a basis to justify the return of the Jews to Israel and the expatriation of the Palestinians.

"We Christians cannot speak of the 'Promised Land' as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people -- all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people." [2]

That same day Danny Ayalon, Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, said ,

"We express our disappointment that this important synod has become a forum for political attacks on Israel in the best history of Arab propagandaRead more at

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