After a decade of debate over how to use church resources to assist with the situation in Israel and Palestine, the governing body of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., or PC(USA), voted on Friday to divest from three companies that provide Israel with equipment used in the occupation of Palestinian territory.
Protecting Christian minorities is undoubtedly a component of Francis' newfound diplomatic voice, but his peaceful approach is also a firm reclamation of a moral weight once enjoyed by Catholicism —and possibly religion as a whole—in international politics.
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Brig. Gen. (ret.) Uzi Eilam, the former head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "using the Iranian threat to achieve a variety of political objectives."