Pope Rejects Meeting with Netanyahu in Rome

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will not be meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to Rome on Wednesday, a diplomatic source told AFP on Sunday.

PM Binyamin Netanyahu

PM Binyamin Netanyahu

A statement last week from Netanyahu’s office had said he would be “meeting Pope Francis next Wednesday at the Vatican” and with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for updates on nuclear talks with Iran and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

A diplomatic source on Sunday told AFP, however, that no such meeting with Pope Francis will be taking place. The source noted that audiences with the Pope must be arranged sufficiently in advance.

A spokesman for Netanyahu refused to comment on the matter. This was to be Netanyahu’s first meeting with Pope Francis.

On Thursday, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met with the pope and invited him to the Middle East. Israeli President Shimon Peres also invited Pope Francis during a visit earlier this year.

Francis has said he would like to travel to the Middle East, but the Vatican has not confirmed the trip, despite a report by Israel’s Channel 2 television that it will take place in March.

Abbas is the fourth Middle East leader to have met Pope Francis after Peres, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and King Abdullah of Jordan.

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  2. A line was said in a film called “Cool Hand Luke.” That line was, “Obviously, we have a problem in communication.”
    I believe it is now so today. Donald Trump reacted with fire, because that’s Donald Trump. He’s a guy who, if confronted with a pop-gun, will respond with a Howitzer.

    He could have smoothed it over, but there’s a primary coming this Saturday in So. Carolina, soon after NBC released a national poll report which revealed Trump behind Cruz by two points.It may as well be far more than two points, because by now Trump has the idea, obviously, that he owns first place…it’s all his and how dare anyone to make an effort to pass him? That’s Trump and what he can’t deal with in life is his shame of being a “loser” That’s everyone else in Trump’s opinion, but never him.

    Now, there is another element concerning the Pope’s words…
    So. Carolina is a dominantly Protestant state, about 25+% Evangelicals of the group of Protestants. Here’s a perfect opportunity for Trump to vilify the Pope and “stick up” for Protestantism, and at the same time knock the Pope. That kind of act won’t hurt him in So. Carolina, he’s liable to add more voters there to his cause. But, next there’s Nevada and a substantial Hispanic Catholic population.

    Trump would be wise to iron out his words to the Pontiff, he does need to campaign in more than Protestant-dominant So. Carolina. He refuses to acknowledge that his negatives exceed Hillary’s negatives. That polling is also important.
    But, he’s also an unapologetic kind of a fellow, he says what comes into his mind at the speed of sound and is not known to apologize or walk things back.

    It’s a darned shame the Republican effort, overall, has become nasty and ugly. I lay this at Trump’s feet, he knows not how to be diplomatic, his element is insulting and fighting.(orally) I have seen some campaigns that I thought were disgusting, but never as disgusting as this one has been thus far. Trump is the irritant in my opinion, that’s the way it is.

    Oh, the memory of a man like Ronald Reagan running again, his dignity reflected upon his opponents and civility reigned.

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