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On 16 July, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for Catholics, Hezbollah missiles hit Haifa, in the area of the Carmelite Shrine, killing innocent Israelis.
The Pope made comments about this which suggests that he has no idea what is going on in Lebanon.
But neither terrorist acts nor reprisals, especially when they have tragic consequences for the civilian population, can ever be justified.
He appears to think that Israel’s careful strikes at targets which are intended to hit Hezbollah or prevent them from receiving weapons from Iran or Syria are ‘reprisals’. He repeats the lie that Israel is punishing the Lebanese people by targeting civilians. You know - the eye for an eye saying that is wilfully misinterpreted by anti-Semites to mean that Jews are vengeful, rather than practising a justice which demands that punishment be proportionate to the crime. Ekklesia (who else?) provides an example in Christians call for end to Lebanon violence as Israel vows revenge
The Israelis have tried to avoid civilian casualties by warning inhabitants to evacuate areas about to be targeted. It shouldn’t be beyond the power of the ‘journalists’ who write Ekklesia to find that out.
The Pope also describes Hezbollah’s gratuitous attack on Israeli soldiers in their own country as “terrorist acts” when they are, in fact, acts of war, calling for a response of self-defence.
Where does he get his information? Is his Secretariat of State, run by Cardinal Sodano, that admirer of Arafat, feeding him the sort of prejudiced distortions one might expect from Israel-haters at the Independent, the Guardian, or the BBC?
The Pope adds:
Taking such paths, as bitter experience has shown, does not lead to positive results.
If Israel is able to defeat Hezbollah, which is part of the jihad against the rest of the world, including, among others, Christians and Bahai, that will lead to positive results. We should thank Israel for what she is doing.