Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pope Demands Control Of Holy Sites: Damn Right He Does




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Monday, May 04, 2009 Israel Today Staff

Pope To Demand Control Of Holy Land Sites

Long-standing Vatican claims to at least five Christian holy sites in Israel are expected to be near the top of the agenda when Pope Benedict XVI visits the Holy Land next week.

Israel has long rejected the claims, but President Shimon Peres is strongly urging the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to turn the sites over to the Catholic Church in hopes of boosting Jewish-Christian relations.

The sites include:

  • The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth;
  • the Coenaculum on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, traditional location of Jesus' Last Supper;
  • Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives;
  • Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee region; and
  • the Church of the Multiplication which lies along the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Debate over future control of those sites is creating significant rifts in the new government, according to Army Radio.

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Vatican Sovereignty Plan Splits Israelis

  • Dina Kraft, Tel Aviv
  • May 5, 2009
Cardinal of Madrid Antonio Maria Rouco Varela prays for Pope John Paul II.

The Coenaculum on Jerusalem's Mount Zion, one of the holy sites that may have control handed to the Vatican. Photo: AFP

THE SOVEREIGNTY of Christian HOLY SITES in ISRAEL could be handed over to the VATICAN under plans drawn up by President Shimon Peres.

The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Coenaculum on Mount Zion, where tradition says Jesus held the last supper, Gethsemane, Mount Tabor and the Church of the Multiplication on the banks of the Sea of Galilee are among the sites said to be included.

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Vatican Presses for Possession of Jerusalem Sites

May 6, 2009 | From theTrumpet.com

And Israel’s president is helping.

Tension is building between Israel and the Vatican over contested parts of Jerusalem ahead of Pope Benedict xvi’s visit to the Jewish nation next week.

Negotiations between Israel and the Vatican have been ongoing for the past 10 years concerning the handover of sites in Jerusalem, including parts of Mount Zion, and elsewhere in the country claimed by the Roman Catholic Church. Reports in the Catholic media imply that these negotiations are nearing their conclusion.

While Israel’s Foreign Ministry denies the reports, idf Army Radio says that President Shimon Peres is pressuring Interior Minister Eli Yishai to surrender six properties demanded by the Vatican. If the interior minister does not cave, staffers in the president’s office say, they will find some legal way to sign away the sites without Yishai’s approval.

“Giving the properties away,” reports IsraelNationalNews.com, “means that Israel will not be able to pave roads or lay electricity and other infrastructures without Vatican approval.”

Peres’s move to speed the handover of parts of Jerusalem to the Vatican is no mere whim. Peres has been Israel’s key personality involved in negotiations with the Vatican for going on two decades. Just three days before the signing of the Oslo Accords on Sept. 13, 1993, then-Foreign Minister Peres, together with then-Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin, signed a secret deal with the Vatican promising to hand over sovereignty of Jerusalem’s Old City to the Vatican, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa. This deal was then included in the secret clauses of the Oslo Accords.

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