Pope Won't Meet with Mayor of Sakhnin
(IsraelNN.com) Bishop Antonio Franco said Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI will not meet wit Sakhnin mayor Mazen Ganim during his upcoming pilgrimage to Israel, as previously reported. The bishop explained that the pope did not want to get involved in what he called "internal Israeli political matters."
Tourism Minister Stes Misezhnikov had protested the reported meeting. He called Ganim a "supporter of terror" for speeches he made in support of terrorist activity during a rally in Sakhnin attended by thousands. Minister Misezhnikov had called on the pope not to hold the meeting.