Norman Bailey responds to Francesco Sisci
Israelis are upset because of the extremely warm reception given by the Pope to Mahmoud Abbas (not Abu — his nom de guerre was Abu Mazen in the days before he became a “moderate”). They are perfectly aware that this Pope and Pope Benedict both referred previously to a “Palestinian State.” Disappointment was especially strong because the Pope was previously seen as such a friend of the Jews, both in Buenos Aires and Rome. However, it will blow over. The Pope’s efforts against anti-Semitism are much more important, given the upsurge of that mental disorder around the world, especially in Europe.