Israel Protests Cardinal's Likening Gaza to Death Camp

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel is expressing shock and distress over a
senior Vatican cardinal's likening Gaza under Israel's military
offensive to a concentration camp.

A spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry says the cardinal, used the kind of language that Hamas and other Islamic militant groups use to demonize Israel and equate it with Nazi Germany.

Cardinal Renato Martino, Pope Benedict's top official on issues of peace and justice, said in the interview that Israel and Hamas are selfishly concerned only with their own interests. As a result, he said Gaza "looks more and more like a big concentration camp."

Martino seemed to want to balance his remarks in another interview published the next day in which he condemned the Hamas rocket attacks that prompted the Israeli offensive.

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