Israeli Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara felt the pontiff was sending a direct message to UNESCO.
The Pope, who embraced Peres on arrival, told him that together they would raise their voices for peace.
Francis' popularity with both Catholics and non-Catholics has given him an image of a grandfatherly priest who understands how difficult it sometimes is to follow Roman Catholic Church teachings.
Iran deal ‘proof of goodwill’s potential,’ pontiff tells UN.
Pope Francis - like Pope Benedict - has joined the evil-doers to the chagrin of the Jewish people.
The international interference could end up backfiring and encouraging Palestinians to stay away from the negotiating table.
Did the pope just recognize a Palestinian state? Is it time to rethink the criminalization of marijuana?
Here is a man of intelligence who, I cannot conceive, is unaware of what the Palestinians were doing when they pushed him to the security barrier.
Pope Francis invited the two leaders to hold an unprecedented prayer meeting during his trip to the Holy Land last week; Pontiff hopes prayer meeting will create atmosphere to foster eventual resumption of talks.
Criticism of hate crimes allows Israelis to condemn their perpetrators and distinguish their country from the people who commit them.