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Pope to visit Palestine and Israel in November
Published Friday 04/10/2013 (updated) 08/10/2013 14:23
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Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being
elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013.
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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Pope Francis plans to visit the Holy Land in November, Hebrew-language Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday.

The pope's tour is set to include sites in both the occupied West Bank as well as Israel, according to the report.

Maariv reported that the visit follows a series of meetings between representatives of Israel and the Vatican.
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1 ) frs / frs
04/10/2013 17:55
isreal <3's the pope

2 ) Mel / USA
04/10/2013 18:37
Let's hope Mossad doesn't try to assassinate him and blame it on 'others'?
And by visiting West Bank &Israel,he's NOT visiting ALL Palestine.Just the parts Israel allows him to visit.

3 ) Sheri / USA
04/10/2013 22:39
There is no such country as Palestine. When was it founded and by whom? What are it's borders? What is the capital and where is it located? What is the name of its currency? What is the language of Palestine? What are its major cities? What type of government does it have? Who is the president, prime minister or dictator, ambassador? Where are its embassies? Real countries have all these things. Palestine has none and appears to be only a figment of some peoples imagination.

4 ) From Palestine / To Sheri
06/10/2013 15:09
In reply to the series of questions, Q. When was it founded and by whom? A. Yes , this is a difficult question to answer, but according to Roman records , which are generally pretty accurate, The Roman ambassador to Palestine was Pontius Pilate ( you may have heard of him, Please refer to bible if not). Q. Where are its borders? A. Borders go from 1948 Israeli /Palestinian lines, north wards to Lebanon, Eastwards as far as Syria and Jordan and South to Egypt and West to the Mediteranean.

5 ) From Palestine / To Sheri
06/10/2013 15:30
For example the Palestinian Embassy in England is located in London, Palestinian Embassy in France is located in Paris and the Palestinian Embassy in Ireland is located in Dublin....These are all the Capitals of these Countries, As you may be one of the 80% of Americans who don't posess a passport and have never travelled, you may not understand how Embassies work. Hope this helps. Real Countries have these things. Just to inform you The Israeli Shekel is not a recognised currency by the IMF

6 ) From Palestine / To Sheri
06/10/2013 15:36
Israel has never stated its Borders! Israel can not decide if its Capital is Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. So, In conclusion, Do real Countries have all of these things and Sheri, I would strongly advise you to stop taking your teachings from Newt Gingrich as he may not be the most factual individual out there. Hope this helps , Please have a nice day, from everybody in Palestine.

7 ) Wissam / Palestine
07/10/2013 16:33
#3 You will never see a shred of peace or security, if you don't recognize Palestine! Recognition of the Palestinian State is a must for any so-called negotiations to occur.

8 ) Shedon / Ireland
07/10/2013 20:56
In reply to Sheri, please also be informed that Jerusalem is not recognized by the international community as the capital of Israel. Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv. This is because under international law east Jerusalem is occupied territory, governed by the rules of the Geneva Convention. Israel is not allowed to annex it or the West Bank, to exploit it in any way. So the settlements in east Jerusalem and in the West Bank are illegal under international law.

9 ) Rene / US
08/10/2013 01:41
Men make maps and men redraw maps and name countries. Palestine is an ancient land with ancient names and ancient people. Jews have not been there longer or in greater numbers. And of course a very high percentage of Israeli Jews are new comers to the land. Men said they have the right to this land by again redrawing and renaming land and People renaming themselves. This will not be resolved by each understanding the other. The confiscated land does not belong to newcomers.

10 ) Marias / U.S.
08/10/2013 02:12
The Vatican was late to recognize Israel as a state, because the Vatican knew it was wrong. Finally they gave in to the pressure of the Jews and the western world. So now the Popes are obligated to go to the Wailing Wall and being ever careful that the Jews don't start calling Catholics anti-Semites again and saying that they because of anti-Semitism were responsible for Jews being killed in WWII, again. It's religious and political extortion and it's a scandal.
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