Israel has reacted strongly to Vatican criticism over the government’s building of settler homes in Jerusalem.
The Catholic Church accused the Jewish state of using the biblical concepts of “a promised land” and “a chosen people” to justify its policy.
Yigal Palmor, spokesman for the Israeli government said: “ It has never been any Israeli government’s policy to use the scriptures as a justification for anything. When we hear such statements all we can say is `let he who has not sinned cast the first stone`.”
The Catholic comments came at the end of the church’s two week synod in Rome, attended by bishops from around the world, and over seen by Pope Benedict XVI.
Israel has been widely condemned for refusing to
to extend a moratorium on settlement building and has announced plans to build another 238 homes in East Jerusalem.