Skip to comments.PM headed to Rome for meetings with pope, John Kerry (Netanyahu - Israel)
Posted on 10/16/2013 7:27:43 PM PDT by haffast
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Pope Francis and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Italy next week.
Netanyahu will meet Francis in the Vatican Wednesday, ahead of the pontiffs expected visit to Israel next year. In Rome, the prime minister will meet with Kerry to discuss the current nuclear negotiations between six world powers on Iran, and the peace process with the Palestinians, according to a statement from the Prime Ministers Office.
The first round of renewed nuclear negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic concluded Wednesday with cautious optimism from both sides. In a joint statement, the so called P5+1 powers and Iran spoke of substantive and forward looking talks.
The peace talks with the Palestinians, which resumed this summer after intensive shuttle diplomatic by Kerry, have reportedly failed to make any headway after nearly a dozen meetings of the two negotiating teams.
Pope Francis last week told Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein that he would visit Israel, but did not specify a date.
Francis had indicated in July he would visit Israel in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VIs visit to Jerusalem in 1964, which took place before the Vatican recognized the State of Israel. The government of Israel granted me a unique opportunity to come to Jerusalem, Francis said at the time.
The visit would mark Franciss second to the Holy Land. He visited in 1973, arriving just as the Yom Kippur War broke out. As The Times of Israel revealed in April, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (as he was known then) spent six days confined to his Jerusalem hotel, studying the Letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.
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"The Argentinian-born pontiff made the comments on his papal aircraft flying back to the Vatican from Brazil after his first trip abroad since his election in March. He told the assembled reporters that Israel invited him to visit to mark the anniversary, and if he did make the trip, he would visit the Palestinian Authority as well."
the purpose, undoubtedly, is to keep Bibi from attacking Iran.
the hour is drawing near!!
Bibi to visit Pope John Kerry? Must be Kerry’s night job.
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The Catholic Church now claims to accept the co-validity of the "old testament," yet it still insists on viewing Israel as just another country with absolutely no significance whatsoever. What does that tell you?