David’s comment about the Christians is a bit unfair. The Coptic Church is a strong supporter of President al-Sisi and he of them. A large body of evangelical Christians strongly supports Israel and works assiduously to counter anti-Semitism. Israeli Christians, now officially listed as “Aramaeans”, not Arabs, are very supportive of the Israeli state. As to the Pope, he was very popular with the Jewish community of Argentina as he is in Italy. Recently, he met with a group of European chief rabbis who were in Rome for the funeral of the long-time chief rabbi of Rome, to discuss how the church can work with them to counter anti-Semitism. Too bad about the Abbas embrace, but it doesn’t cancel everylting else.
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