Israel IS the most important country in the world. You can check your New Testament for confirmation. Cheers! :-) As for commenting on the election of the Pope... well, you don't think that a country like Israel and Jews as such have a right to inquire about impact of the new pope on the inter-religious relations? Why not?
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from the article: New pope seen continuing relations with Israel, Jews