President Moshe Katsav said Wednesday he would invite Pope Benedict to visit Israel when he meets the Pontiff on the final day of his present trip to Italy on Thursday.
Katsav's talks with the Pontiff at the Vatican will mark the first time an Israeli head of state has paid a visit to the pope's official residence.
"I have the intention to invite him for a state visit to Israel," Katsav told a news conference.
Read the complete article Katsav says he will invite Pope to Israel at Vatican meeting from Haaretz.
How many times has Benedict XVI been invited to Israel since the start of his pontificate?
The most intriguing is this:
Speaking after two-hour talks with Berlusconi, Katsav said that the Italian prime minister believes Israel should be able to join the European Union, Israel Radio reported.
This is the first time I've seen anything on Israel possibly joining the European Union. I'm interested in what Israel views as the benefits of joining the EU.