During his four years as Pope, Francis has continually put significant barriers in the way of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and instead strengthened Abbas's refusal to negotiate with the Jewish State.
Shortly after UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee passed another resolution ignoring Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Pope Francis publicly declared that Jerusalem is, indeed, central to Judaism and promised by God to the Jewish people.
While attempting to avoid insulting Islam or its adherents, Pope Francis is dangerously refusing to label Islamic terrorism, and by doing so is refraining from directly addressing the mounting global threat.
In his first visit to Auschwitz in his capacity as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis prayed and met with survivors during a five-day trip to Poland that included meetings with young Catholic pilgrims gathering in Krakow for World Youth Day, a global celebration of faith.
The chief rabbi of Rome said that the papal visit is aimed at showing five decades of improving Christian-Jewish relations and interfaith harmony, at a time of global Islamic extremist violence. But he also said some recent Vatican developments "cannot be so appreciated by the Jewish community."
Pope Francis presented Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas with the "angel of peace" medallion during a meeting at the Vatican, but made no mention of the PA leader's continued incitement to violence.