One of the Saddest Sights

4 Aug

“One of the saddest sights for me during my visit to these lands was the wall. As I passed alongside it, I prayed for a future in which the peoples of the Holy Land can live together in peace and harmony without the need for such instruments of security and separation, but rather respecting and trusting one another, and renouncing all forms of violence and aggression.”

“I wish to put on record that I came to visit this country as a friend of the Israelis, just as I am a friend of the Palestinian people.”

“Let it be universally recognized that the State of Israel has the right to exist, and to enjoy peace and security within internationally agreed borders. Let it be likewise acknowledged that the Palestinian people have a right to a sovereign independent homeland, to live with dignity and to travel freely. Let the two-state solution become a reality, not remain a dream.”

Benedict XVI, May 15, 2009: Address at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv during His Departure

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