Laura, I could ask you where you get your information, but I already know- mainstream American media, sanitized for your protection. One of my sources is Haaretz- an Israeli publication and website. It is far more open regarding the conflict and criticizes it's own country when appropriate, as any media institution should have the freedom to do.
I posted this merely to point out that the Vatican is on the right side of promoting a peaceful solution to the neverending Middle East conflict. The UN vote for a non voting participation by the Palestinian Authority was 138 countries in favor to 9 opposed. It doesn't mean anyone is going to "push Israel into the sea." My intention was not to get dragged into another discussion on the conflict which no one can win. We've thrown the best diplomats we can find at the problem and they've all thrown in the towel, so we're not going to solve it here.
Peter, not sure why you are defensive to me. I didn't state any information, also I have never been in any discussions in these forums on this issue. Usually people post a topic for some type of dialog with others. Sorry I asked a simple question. FYI I do not listen to MSM, don't even have cable tv. So, your presumption that you already know where I get my info(even though I didn't even state any) is wrong, so I am willing to share where I get some of the things I do know.
My brother-in-law was born in Palestine. His family moved to Jordan. He has a very large Muslim family and they share businesses in that country. They have a home there, also. He has dual citizenship and came here for his doctorate in medicine 30 years ago, but his loyalties are for his "other" country.
He took my sister and their daughter to Beirut in May 2008. They awoke to the airport being bombed by Hezbollah. They barely got out at the border to Syria because my sister was American. They were able to get a car and drive the Road to Damascus through Syria into Jordan. He still takes her over there. Last year they went to Turkey and Syria on vacation. As you see I do have a little glimpse into life over there. I will tell you that any Muslim Arabic HATE HATE HATE the Jews and they feel they have no right to be on this earth. The Jews have a little spot of land to call their own in this whole world and the Muslims want them wiped off it. Look at a map, look at what belongs to the Arabics and then look at what belongs to the Jews. The Muslims have consumed all of our holy places. My sister has shown me pictures of beautiful statues, churches etc. Their wars between themselves (the Muslims) have destroyed most of our wonderful Christian heritage. That land was where the apostles spread the word of Christ and we aren't allowed on most of it. I really don't know what your views are. Like I said I haven't read any posts on this. All I can say is I have never heard a Jew say he wants to wipe out the Arabics, but boy I sure hear how the Arabics want to get rid of the Jews. My view is that we are all from the same seed and I certainly pray for peace. I'll check out your site. Thanks for the post from the Vatican, they certainly should be involved, it is our Christian heritage being destroyed.