Pope Does About-Face On Israel-Palestinians

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Pope Francis has reportedly made an about-face on Israeli-Palestinian relations, denouncing those who refuse to recognize the state of Israel as anti-Semites.

Recently, the Vatican had to issue clarifications after Francis gave PA President Mahmoud Abbas a medal and called him “an angel of peace,” saying that he told him he “could be an angel of peace.”

In comments made to Portuguese-Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman, Francis was quoted as saying that “anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the state of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism.”

Abbas has repeatedly refused Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, something that remains an impediment to any peace agreement.