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April 23, 2015 3:29 pm

Vatican Concerned With ‘Total Lack of Progress’ in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

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Saint Peter's Square, Rome. The Vatican is worried about the lack of progress being made in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Vatican is concerned about the lack of movement in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Christian Radio reported on Wednesday.

“The Holy See is deeply concerned at the total lack of progress of the negotiations between Palestine and Israel,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s delegate to the United Nations, said in a speech to the UN Security Council.

He added, “It is difficult not to share the frustration expressed by the then UN Special Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Robert Serry, during his last Security Council briefing on March 27.”

Serry, who ended his position as UN peace envoy in March, was pessimistic about the peace talks in his final briefing to the UN Security Council last month. He said, “I cannot but express an overriding feeling that I have been part of a peace process in which a can is kicked down an endless road.”

Archbishop Auza also told the UN Security Council that the Vatican recognizes Israel’s “genuine and legitimate concerns for its own security.”

However, he said safety in the Jewish state will not come from Israel isolating itself but rather through the implementation of the two-state solution, which “has the support of the Holy See and of the international community in general.”

“The Holy See joins its voice once more with all people of peace to call for serious and concrete negotiations that will reinvigorate the peace process,” he said.

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  • Ness Pessah

    PLEASE,!,!Lets ALLwake up and stop the bickering, until we ALL,unite, believe in HIM , THE ONE AND ONLY ALMIGHTY G O D. .There will be no peace on earth.
    Let’s ALL unite and believe in HIM. Till then there will be NO PEACE on earth.
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  • Kevin Somerville

    Thank you but please speak more loudly. Francis has credibility that no one else in the world has. Use it to drive peace.

  • Wherever the PA, Fatah or Hamas take charge the Christians are persecuted. Has the Pope not noticed that? The best Israel can offer realistically is for the PA minus Hamas to handle daily life on the West Bank, leaving security to the IDF. Egypt should take back Gaza and arrest Hamas leaders for crimes against the Gazan people.

  • Michele

    Why is the Vatican concerned now. When I was a child in grade school the U.S was trying to broker peace in the middle east. Now I’m in my 50s and we still don’t have peace in the middle east. There are two groups of people fighting over an inconsequential strip of land but that isn’t the problem. The problem is that no one there lives with the love of God in their hearts for each other. Until that happens everything else is just an exercise in futility.

  • Tell the Pope the truth:Islam wants us gone.

  • Steve Wenick

    Peace with Israel is the last thing Anti-Semitic Palestinians want.

  • Elisheva

    Someone who does not understand the problem cannot offer any solution.