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Palestinian prelate laments inaction on peace process

March 21, 2013

Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the retired Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, has expressed frustration that although many important people visit the Holy Land and voice their support for peace, the situation there remains the same.

“All the great people in the world come to visit us,” the Palestinian prelate said. “They arrive and depart, and our reality does not change." He was speaking as US President Barack Obama arriving for his first visit to Israel.

Archbishop Sabbah said, however, that diplomatic pressure from other nations is unlikely to cause any fundamental change in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. “Everything is in the hands of Israel,” he said.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Mar. 21, 2013 5:48 PM ET USA

    Part of the reason Catholic clerics in the Mid-East are (and should be) looked askance is because they are "Palestinian Catholics" or "Syrian Catholics," etc. The country or area they come from is more important when being Catholic should be. This is an important mindset they have and, in reading what they write or have said, it becomes clearer that they hold Israel and other governments in contempt. There is a close parallel with those who identify with "American Catholics," as well.