|Archbishop Cyril Bustros|
"[...] the concept of the Promised Land cannot be used for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians. The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 - after the resolution of the UN in 1947 regarding the partition of Palestine which was under the British mandate between Arab and Jews - is a political issue not a religious one. It is a fact of history like other facts: Jews who were persecuted in Europe and suffered the horrors of the shoah decided to come to Palestine and build a country for their own. They chose Palestine because of the memory of the Jews who lived there 2000 years ago. They came in great numbers; a war arose between them and the Arabs living there, and they won the war; hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes and flee to the surrounding Arabic countries: Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.[...] Read the exclusive interview of JihadWatch.org to Archbishop Cyril Bustros clarifying his remarks at the Vatican Synod.