The pope's suggestion that he host a peace prayer with Mahmoud Abbas, "the president of the State of Palestine" sic and Shimon Peres, the President of the State of Israel sounds so "innocent" and logical if you're an ignoramus and don't know that de jure neither men are heads of state.
- Mahmoud Abbas is president of what is known as the Palestinian Authority. Unfortunately many states and international organizations act as if there is a Palestinian State, and even worse is that the Israeli Government has been willing to negotiate the establishment of such a state. This would be done by driving Jews out of their homes, destroying Jewish communities and making large portions of our historic Biblical Jewish Homeland juderein. All Abbas has to do is recognize the right for the State of Israel to exist as a Jewish State and declare that he wants to live beside it in peace. He has refused.
- Shimon Peres is the Israeli President, but that position is not an executive position. He has no legal authority to invoke policy, propose laws or negotiate. He is a figurehead, with less legal power than the Queen of England.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace at the Vatican.
The prayer will take place on June 8, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.
The pope made the invitation following the celebration of Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem during his visit last week to the Palestinian West Bank city. A rabbi and a Muslim imam will be present at the service, the pope reportedly said.
In his invitation, the pope said, “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer. … All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers.”