Pope calls for a Palestinian homeland

Pope Benedict XVI puts himself at odds with the country’s new government today by calling for an independent Palestinian homeland. “I plead with all those responsible to explore every possible avenue in the search for a just resolution of the outstanding difficulties,” he said.
By Richard Boudreaux
Los Angeles Times
3:20 AM PDT, May 11, 2009
Reporting from Jerusalem — Pope Benedict XVI, arriving in Israel on a pilgrimage across the Holy Land, put himself at odds with the country’s new government today by calling for an independent Palestinian homeland alongside the Jewish state.

“I plead with all those responsible to explore every possible avenue in the search for a just resolution of the outstanding difficulties, so that both peoples may live in peace in a homeland of their own, within secure and internationally recognized borders,” Benedict said in a speech minutes after landing at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworl
d/world/la-fg-pope-israel11-2009may11,
0,4732546.story

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Pope Benedict XVI started his visit to Israel on Monday by acknowledging the millions killed in the Holocaust and endorsing a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict.

From CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WOR
LD/meast/05/11/pope.israel/index.html

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