The French ambassador to London who caused a furor about eight years ago when he referred to Israel as “that shitty little country,” was demoted to Algeria almost immediately. Although the ambassador said it at a private dinner at Lord Black’s house and in jest—I was present; he was needling Lady Black, who is Jewish—I now believe he should have been promoted. Israel is a country whose land has been stolen from the Palestinians, a country that murders innocent men, women, and children after being fired upon by those who resist occupation, and a country that spies on its benefactor and protector, Uncle Sam. And now it insults his Holiness, the Pope—among the best Popes ever for having been born a German! The slob who insulted the Pope is the Speaker of the Knesset, one Reuven Rivlin, whose mother I assume was a member of the oldest profession and whose father was one of those four-legged swine who recently spread the flu around. Whoever in the Vatican decided that the Pope should visit that shitty little country should be fired. His Holiness should have no dealings with occupiers, and should have gone only to Gaza and the occupied territories. If he wishes to meet Jews, there are plenty of them here in the United States, Britain, France, and so on. None of them have blood on their hands, unlike the Israelis.