What would possess Pope Francis to call PA President Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace”?
It’s like Francis announcing that Satan is just a misunderstood archangel, and really isn’t such a bad sort after all.
Francis said he thought the gift was appropriate since “you are an angel of peace.” During his 2014 visit to Israel and the West Bank, Francis called both Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres men of peace.
Abbas is in Rome for the canonization Sunday of two 19th-century nuns from what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine. The new saints, Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, are the first from the region to be canonized since the early days of Christianity.
Abbas on Saturday offered Francis relics of the two new saints.
Church officials are holding up the new saints as a sign of hope and encouragement for Christians in the Middle East at a time when violent persecution from Islamic extremists has driven many Christians from the region of Christ’s birth.
Abbas’ visit also comes days after the Vatican finalized a bilateral treaty with the “state of Palestine” that made explicit its recognition of Palestinian statehood.
The Vatican said it had expressed “great satisfaction” over the new treaty during the talks with the Palestinian delegation. It said the pope, and later the Vatican secretary of state, also expressed hopes that direct peace talks with Israel would resume.
“To this end, the wish was reiterated that with the support of the international community, Israelis and Palestinians may take with determination courageous decisions to promote peace,” a Vatican statement said.
Since the pope insists on ignoring the record, allow me to fill in some details about Mr. Abbas:
* Wrote his dissertation on the supposed collaboration between Nazis and Zionists and claims that the actual number of dead Jews as a result of the Holocaust was less than a million.
* Was named “Anti-Semite of the Year” by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 2011.
* While acting as Yassar Arafat’s “moderate” face for the PLO in order to placate western complaints about PLO terrorism, Abbas funded the terror attack at the Munich Olympics and played a shadowy role in the attack on the cruise ship Achille Lauro with some former PLO members claiming he was the mastermind behind the attack.
Abbas is not only corrupt, he has been accused of murdering Syrian intelligence officers in 1966. And this is a man the pope has called an “angel of peace”?
The pope’s warped worldview forgives all in Abbas’ past because Francis takes the terrorist at his word today that he wants “peace” with Israel. In the cuckoo land of leftists, despite all evidence to the contrary, Abbas is believed because his views line up with those who wish to blame Israel for the failure to achieve peace.
The Vatican formally recognized the “state” of Palestine for the first time earlier in the week. I don’t think this means that the pope actually wants to see Israel destroyed. But he has obviously bought into the lie that giving Palestinians their own country will allow everyone in the Middle East to live happily ever after.
The pope should stick to saving souls and leave the hard stuff to the grownups.