Pope Francis keeps picking fights with Donald Trump.
But his latest squabble with the President left millions of Christians scratching their heads.
No one could understand why he would take sides with radical Islamists against Trump.
Trump continued to shake up the status quo.
He did so by keeping his campaign promise to move the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.
Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating this move, but allowed the President to sign a waiver every six months to block the shift.
That all ended with Trump’s Wednesday announcement.
“President Donald Trump will announce Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that the State Department will begin a process to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Trump will first announce that the “United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” according to one of three senior administration officials who spoke with reporters on Tuesday.
The officials conveyed that the change is a recognition of “reality” — both the historic reality that Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people and the Jewish faith since ancient times; and the modern reality that the city is the seat of government for Israel, housing its legislature, supreme court, prime minister, and executive agencies.
Second, Trump will direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. One official explained that the directive to the State Department requires it to develop a plan for this “with a minimum additional burden on taxpayers.” It was noted that there are approximately 1,000 personnel in Tel Aviv, and that it would take some time to find an appropriate site in Jerusalem. One official stated that despite hopes for an immediate move, it was a “practical impossibility to move the embassy tomorrow.”
The anti-American and anti-Israel establishment erupted in howls of protest.
Muslim leaders warned of violence in retaliation to the move.
And even Pope Francis echoed the Islamist calls to protest the move.
The Associated Press reports:
“Pope Francis said he was “profoundly concerned” and appealed that “everyone respects the status quo of the city.” China, which has good ties with Israel and the Palestinians, expressed concerns over “possible aggravation of regional tensions.” Russia, a key Mideast player, expressed its concern about a “possible deterioration.” Two leading Lebanese newspapers published front-page rebukes of Trump.”
It was shocking to see the Pope oppose the rightful capitol of Jerusalem being recognized.
But this Pope has courted controversy by often times stepping into the role of left-wing political activist.
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