The Vatican’s newspaper front page headline on Dec. 6 is seriously enraging Trump supporters. The headline “Trump Inflames the Middle East” was plastered across the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper. This comes in response to President Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. This indicates the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.
The article alludes to ideas of increased risks of terrorism following the move. This also may provoke demonstrations and protests.
There is also opposition from the Department of State’s office for the Near East, according to the article. Pope Francis requested respect for the “status quo” in Jerusalem in a personal appeal Wednesday.
“‘My thoughts now turn to Jerusalem,’ the Pope said before the crowd of pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his weekly General Audience. ‘I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the last days.’
“At the same time, I would like to make a heartfelt appeal for everyone’s commitment to respect the city’s status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions,’ he said.”
President Trump announced that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The state department will initiate the process to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
“‘I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.'”