World Bulletin / News Desk
The announcement made six days ago that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would arrive in Rome to sit with Pope Francis has turned into a diplomatic embarrassment for Israel.
Netanyahu's office had already announced that a meeting would take place during his visit to Italy but the pope has no plans in this regard.
According to Haaretz, the Vatican became aware of Netanyahu's visit to Rome and his supposed meeting with Pope Francis through the media. "The Prime Minister's Office worked hard to hold the meeting and to avoid any embarrassment but to no avail," claimed the newspaper.
The Vatican informed Israel's ambassador to Italy, Naor Gilon, on Sunday that the prime minister will not meet the Pope; Netanyahu's advisors are said to be "outraged".Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 11:14