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Israeli President Peres to meet with Pope on Thursday

September 02, 2014

Israeli President Shimon Peres will meet with Pope Francis on September 4, the Vatican has announced.

The visit comes at a time of mounting tension in the Middle East. Israel's military intervention into Gaza to counter attacks by Hamas, followed by the seizure of a large tract of West Bank land for a new Jewish settlement, have dampened hopes for new progress toward a peace accord.

The last meeting between the Pontiff and the Israeli leader came in June, when the Pope invited Peres, along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to join in a prayer service for peace.


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