My hands are trembling as I write this.
I’ve had some pretty serious disagreements with Pope Francis, but what he said Saturday has me spitting mad.
At a meeting at the Vatican with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the pope told Abbas, “You are an angel of peace.”
Angel of peace?
If Abbas is an angel, he’s a fallen angel. He’s a Holocaust-denying terrorist who, like his predecessor Yasser Arafat, considers it his sworn duty to finish the job the Nazis started.
Do you think I’m exaggerating?
As a doctoral candidate at Moscow’s Oriental College in 1982, Abbas wrote a thesis suggesting far fewer than 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. But that was just the start. In his treatise, he actually accused the Jews of conspiring with Adolf Hitler to annihilate European Jewry. He accused the Jews of deliberately inflating the numbers of those killed in concentration camps to pave the way for a Jewish state. He may have been one of the first to equate Zionism with Nazism.
“The Zionist movement’s stake in inflating the number of murdered in the war was aimed at ensuring great gains,” he wrote, adding that “this led to confirm the number [6 million] to establish it in world opinion, and, by so doing, to arouse more pangs of conscience and sympathy for Zionism in general.”
In the version of his doctoral paper later published under the title, “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and the Zionist Movement,” Abbas denied the German use of gas chambers and suggested the total number of Jews killed was fewer than 1 million.
But perhaps the most horrifying and revolting charge by Abbas is that Zionists were complicit with the Nazis in the murder of Jews.
“The Zionist movement led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule, in order to arouse the government’s hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against them, and to expand the mass extermination,” Abbas wrote.
Abbas has danced around this treatise for many years. He has attempted to put it in perspective. He has tried to explain what he really meant when he denied 6 million Jews were murdered. But he has never publicly retracted his accusation that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis in the extermination of Jews.
Despite this incredible charge, Abbas still enjoys the reputation of a “moderate.” He still enjoys the reputation of a “pragmatist.” He still enjoys the reputation of a “statesman” – perhaps even an indispensable statesman. But now the pope has taken this madness to a new height of absurdity – calling him “an angel of peace.”
Am I judging him too harshly for one little slip-up? Not at all. Abbas was also one of the principal planners of the Munich Olympics terrorist attack. He was the guy who wrote the checks and embraced the operatives as they headed off to one of the most sensational terrorist attacks of its time in 1972.
This “angel of peace” has never, not once, renounced terrorism or “armed struggle,” as he calls it, as a legitimate means of achieving his precious Palestinian state.
By the way, this is not the first time Pope Francis has characterized Abbas as a man of peace. He did the same in his 2014 visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority territories.
During their visit, the pope also commended Abbas for protecting Christians in his territories. While Abbas doesn’t hunt down Christians like ISIS does, the fact remains they live like second-class citizens there. Some 90 percent of Christians in his territories have voted with their feet and moved during the Arafat-Abbas reign – many of them to Israel.
Can the pope be unaware of these issues?
Is he operating on bad intelligence?
Even if he is, it’s inexcusable. With a shameless historical record of anti-Semitism, the Catholic Church can ill afford to take sides with Muslim terrorists against the one and only Jewish state.
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