ROME (JTA) — Israeli officials reportedly are concerned that security and other infrastructure for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip are not yet in place.
The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported Sunday that Israeli security forces do not want the pope to use his partially open “Popemobile” when visiting Nazareth May 14. Palestinians mark May 14, the date on the Gregorian calendar of the founding of Israel, as the “nakba,” or catastrophe.[reference]
I have gotten an exclusive picture of the popemobile that Israel security has approved.