Pope Regrets Israel’s Jerusalem Monopoly
The Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis has called for a two-state solution to the Middle East crises. He made this known in his Christmas Day address on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The pontiff said negotiations were crucial in bringing an end to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Tensions have been stoked by Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital.
This is the second time the Pope has attacked the decision. Tens of thousands gathered to hear the speech, which was the Francis’ fifth as the head of the Church. Speaking out against Mr Trump’s approach, the pope had previously called for the city’s “status quo” to be respected.
…Stop Deceiving The People
The Archbishop of Canterbury on the other hand took a swipe apparently directed at the U.S president. Speaking at his annual sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, Justin Welby criticised “populist leaders that deceive” their people. The nature of those who have power is to seek to hold on to it,” the Most Rev Welby said.
Speaking further, he said, “In 2017 we have seen around the world tyrannical leaders that enslave their peoples, populist leaders that deceive them, corrupt leaders that rob them, even simply democratic, well-intentioned leaders of many parties and countries who are normal, fallible human beings.”
The Archbishop had condemned Trump last month for sharing anti-muslim videos on from Britain First. He has been widely criticised in recent weeks for his decision on Jerusalem.
Britain, United Nations Not In Support
The latest criticism came just days after more than 120 countries backed a United Nations resolution urging the US to reverse it. A Security Council resolution expressing “deep regret at recent decisions” had previously been vetoed by the US even though the other 14 members – including Britain – voted in favour.