Pope In Israel Calls For Palestinian Homeland
Immediately upon arriving he calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian homeland.. which may have been a little awkward for his hosts?
Before arriving in Israel he spent 3 days in Jordan - he is using this tour to reach out to both Muslims and Jews.
"The hopes of countless men, women and children for a more secureand stable future depend on the outcome of negotiations for peace," hetold a welcoming ceremony at Israel's international airport. "In unionwith people of goodwill everywhere, I plead with all those responsibleto explore every possible avenue in the search for a just resolution ofthe outstanding difficulties, so that both peoples may live in peace ina homeland of their own within secure and internationally recognizedborders."
While Benedict has spoken in favor of a Palestinianhomeland in the past, the timing and location of his comments werenoteworthy.
The Pope also took on addressing the Holocaust .. rest of the story here.