Patriarch of Jerusalem offered to swap himself for Israeli hostages in Gaza
From time to time, the world witnesses the purest form of Christian altruism. The Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa is the perfect example of it.
The Roman Catholic Church’s top representative in the Holy Land announced that he would offer himself in exchange for Hamas’s Israeli hostages if it would help bring children back home.
Asked during a briefing with reporters if he would be willing to offer himself for the hostages, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa answered: “If I’m available for an exchange? Anything, if this could bring about the freedom of children, no problem. My absolute willingness.”
The offer probably won’t be considered by Hamas, the terror group that is believed to be holding some 199 hostages in Gaza following its recent incursion into Israel and murderous rampage through southern communities, in which it killed at least 1,300 people, mostly civilians.