Thursday, December 20, 2007
Top Catholic Clergyman Denounces Israel's "Jewish Identity" atin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the top Roman Catholic clergyman in Israel, has denounced the nation's Jewish identity in his annual Christmas address delivered in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Sabbah said non-Jewish religions are discriminated against and called on Israel to abandon its Jewish character and instead become a ''political, normal state for Christians, Muslims and Jews.'' Sabbah placed the blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict directly on Israel, asserting that, "If Israel decides for peace, there will be peace." He said there has been no peace until now "simply because of Israel's unwillingness to make it." Israeli officials denounced Sabbah's remarks, insisting that all religions enjoy equal rights in the Jewish state.