Pope Francis has never shied away from being a vocal critic of President Trump. In wake of Trump’s recent decision on Jerusalem, the Pope is demanding that Trump respect the “status quo” of Jerusalem before he designates the city as the capital of Israel. Pope Francis explained: “I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations. I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days.”
He continued to say that he wishes “wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.” Nonetheless, Trump has just announced that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
What’s more, Trump is also signing a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Pope clearly knows more about the ongoing situation in the region than Trump. Perhaps, Trump should just stay out of it.
Many experts and world leaders fear the move will undermine peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and spark protests across the Middle East, which will, in turn, trigger more violence in the region. The Vatican supports a two-state solution. The pope has in the past been critical of some of Trump’s policies.
The Pope took a shot at Trump last year with a reference to building bridges, not walls. Last month, the pope slammed politicians who spread fear of immigrants, calling on them to stop instigating violence and racism and instead adopt “practical measures” to welcome immigrants into their countries, according to The Hill.