Lest you think it is easy to navigate international relations, here is an example of what minefields may cause unexpected difficulties. It is always true that never can everyone have the same concerns or sensitivities. At times this can unexpectedly rise up and bite you.
An Israeli newspaper has accused the Vatican of trying to “humiliate” the Jewish state by appointing Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as the new Papal Nuncio to Israel. In an opinion piece written by its Rome correspondent, Menachem Gantz, the popular Israeli daily Yediot Ahronoth (link is to an online English sister version of the paper) called Archbishop Lazzarotto’s recent appointment (replacing Archbishop Antonio Franco) “a slap in Israel’s face”, which “underscores the strained relations between the Holy See and the Jewish state.”