Tracy Early reported in Catholic New York of January 12 that Msgr. Robert Stern, general secretary of Catholic Near East Welfare Association said that the Vatican's establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel "was the ultimate vindication of the existence of the State of Israel." Nothing could be further from the truth. The Vatican's move simply occurred after Israel's leaders finally came to their senses and started to talk with the PLO. Nothing can vindicate the theft of a whole country and its depopulation to make room for foreign settlers.
Msgr. Stern has also said that the Vatican's establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel was "the ultimate repudiation of anti-Semitism." Unfortunately, this positive attitude of Christians is not reciprocated by Jews. As recently as January 13, Rabbi Jack Goldman in his Letter to the Editor of The Jewish Sentinel wrote the following: "Christian hatred of Jews originated with Christianity." This is reverse anti-Semitism. It is legitimate to ask when are the Jews going to repudiate their anti-Christian history? A dialogue is a two-way street; otherwise it is a monologue, which is the state of the Christian-Jewish relations. Christians keep apologizing without any response. It is about time that statement like the one by Rabbi Goldman be challenged.