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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Vatican Hits Back at Israel Over Suicide Bombers Row

The Pope will not be dictated to by Israel, the Vatican declared yesterday, as it hit back at officials of the Jewish state who criticised him for "failing" to condemn a Palestinian suicide bombing. A sharply worded Vatican statement said the Pope could not be expected to condemn every Palestinian bombing because Israel's retaliation for such attacks was ''not always compatible with the rules of international law''.

(Pope Benedict XVI delivering his Angelus blessing)

It would be "impossible'' to condemn a Palestinian attack while letting any Israeli military reaction ''pass in silence". The Pope condemned recent terrorist strikes in Britain, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey, but not the attack that killed five Israelis on July 12th. Nimrod Barkan, head of the Foreign Ministry's Jewish affairs bureau, replied by summoning the Vatican envoy, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, to his office on Monday last week. Read More ....

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