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Vatican official calls for removal of Israeli 'security wall'

Catholic World News - July 20, 2011

The president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue has called for the removal of the “security wall” that separates Israel from the Palestinian territories.

Speaking at a London conference on the Holy Land, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran—who once served as the Vatican’s chief foreign-affairs officer—said that “where you have a country divided by a wall, separation begets ignorance, ignorance begets frustration and frustration begets violence.”

Cardinal Tauran told Vatican Radio that he admired the young Israelis and Palestinians who were taking part in the London talks, praising “their courage, balance, and analysis of the situation.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jul. 25, 2011 12:52 AM ET USA

    The wall improves security for all of the residents Jews of various sects, Muslims of various sects, and Christians of various sects. The good Cardinal should limit himself to matters of faith.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jul. 21, 2011 8:36 PM ET USA

    Hmpf, I thought the good cardinal had more sense; the solution is not to tear down the wall, but to make it a national border. The Palestinians have been preaching the destruction of Isreal since its founding, and Israel has the rights both to exist and to self-protection, whether her Palestinian residents like it or not. The two state solution is best; if the Palestinians don't want to live under Israeli rule, they can try to do better on their own. The border should stay.

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