After Olmert’s government relinquished Sergiev Courtyard—a major Jerusalem property—to the Russians, Peres upped the stakes.
In the wake of the Pope’s visit, the chief scoundrel of Israel is pushing for the transfer of six major Christian sites, including the Gethsemane, to the Vatican.
According to Jewish law, Christian churches which bear images must be torn down, without exception. The prohibition of images is not some rabbinical invention but one of the Ten Commandments.
Peres’ move is absurd strategically. Catholics are traditionally anti-Israeli and often anti-Semitic. Why offend friendly American protestants by transferring these churches to the Vatican’s jurisdiction? If anything, give them to CUFI.