Israel blasted a statement made by Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros during a conference in Rome that called for “an end to the occupation” of Palestinian territories.
Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, said:
We express our disappointment that this important synod has become a forum for political attacks on Israel in the best history of Arab propaganda.
Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros said at a press conference:
We Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people—all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.