While Holy Land Christians differ regarding which side is more to blame for the latest eruption of violence, they agree the actions of both sides are bringing misery to millions of civilians.
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The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in 2017.
The U.S. announced it would withhold $100 million in relief from the U.N. Relief Works Agency, arguing that other countries must share more of the costs of providing assistance.
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The Holy Father asked Christians to pray that all sides in Israel and Palestine have the ‘strength of spirit’ to resist the temptation to hatred and revenge.
The treaty is the first such agreement with a Muslim-majority jurisdiction, but Israel’s government is highly critical of the Vatican’s action.
Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali told the Register that today’s announcement is ‘exciting,’ and he hopes it will help improve the situation of Palestinians in the Holy Land.