May 25 - Pope Francis, speaking in Tel Aviv repeats his invitation for the Israeli and Palestinian Presidents to pray for peace at the Vatican. Gavino Garay reports.
Pope Frances arrives in Tel Aviv. He crouches as he steps out of a helicopter, to be greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He's here to reinvite the Israeli and Palestinian Presidents to pray for peace at the Vatican. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "I would like to invite you Mr. President, and President Mahmoud Abbas, to take part with me in an intense prayer session invoking God to bestow the gift of peace." Israeli President Shimon Peres. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRESIDENT, SHIMON PERES, SAYING: "There arrived in the State of Israel, members of different religions and nationalities live together. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state where we live in coexistence within our borders (PART GRAB OVERLAID WITH SHOT 5) and continue to search for peace beyond them. We shall not allow anybody to violate this commitment." Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel safeguards "all faiths." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "Your Holiness, in the heart of the Middle East, the turbulent and violent Middle East, where Christians are often persecuted, Israel is an island of tolerance. We safeguard the rights of all faiths. We guarantee freedom of worship for all and we are committed to maintaining the status quo at the holy sites of Christians, Muslims and Jews." Pope Francis had invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace earlier a mass in Bethlehem.