Following his historic trip to Israel - he tripped over the red carpet at Ben Gurion Airport on the way in - despite the potential controversy, the Pope has sanctioned their own State for the Palestinians.
In a speech in several languanges, including Catalonian and Welsh, the Holy Father, in the presence of various leaders of the Israeli government, took part in a three-way video conference with President Barak Obama and a chap in Gaza wearing a striped tea-towel on his head.
All agreed that the Palestinians needed to be given their own State, and thanks to the generosity of the President of the United States, they have been given Alabama.
President Obama said that the rednecks and bigots of Alabama needed something else to occupy their minds and help them come to terms with the reduced popularity of the Klu Klux Klan. He felt that an influx of Palestinians might take the people's minds off things for a bit, if only to both preserve wood and prevent CO2 emissions from their funky, quaint, moronic habit of burning crosses in people's front gardens.
A senior politician from Alabama, Senator Ray Siste, said that it would take the average Alabama KKK redneck at least 14 years to work out the design for a Palestinian cross that they could burn in their gardens, so at least this would allow the reforestation of many areas.
He knows that pigs and bare breasts are out, as he doesn't want to cause offence in the garden of one of his new prospective Palestinian neighbours when they take their sheets out for a cross-burning session.
"There's no stoppin' us when we wanna have a sheet" he said.