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May 14, 2014 4:39 pm

Israel Won’t Hand Over Sovereignty of Select Christian Sites During Pope Francis Visit

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The "Last Supper room" at the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Photo: Assaf Shtilman via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgIsrael will not hand over sovereignty of select Christian sites, including the “Last Supper room,” during Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to the Jewish state.

“The State of Israel has no intention of signing with the Vatican, during the pope’s coming visit, on an agreement to transfer the responsibility of sites like these or others, or other gestures,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday.

One of the areas of contention has been the status of the Cenacle—the traditional site of the Jesus’s Last Supper on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. But the building containing the Cenacle is also revered by Jews as the tomb of King David. Hundreds of religious Jews recently held a protest against the rumored transfer.

Last year, Israel and the Vatican signed an agreement that would allow the Vatican a special modicum of control over the site, including an official seat in the room.

Lior Haiat, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official who is handling public diplomacy activity for the papal visit, said the rumors surrounding the impeding transfer of sovereignty over the Last Supper room are “untrue.” Nevertheless, Israel has been in discussion with the Vatican over the status of Christian holy sites.

“We are having a very long negotiation process with the Vatican, not only on this issue, but on a lot of issues regarding the Vatican’s presence in Israel and the holy places,” Haiat told JNS.org.

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  • Mrs D Gibson

    Quite right, start reading your old testament . Read Nehemiah,Judges. Etc… Full of advice to keep separate.

  • YOUR PROBLEM ISRAEL IS YOU ARE HAVING A DISCUSSION.

    • Irving D. Cohen

      What in the world does THAT mean ?

      • Chuck Lowenstein

        I think he means that there is nothing to discuss.

      • IT MEANS:
        talking about it means Israel will eventually relinguish some of it.
        It means talking about it means yIsrael believes they have a case against it
        It means talking about it makes Israel seem weak and not sure and afraid of its position.
        It means they Israel negotiate and the opposing side just has to find the opening in the discussions to get KING DAVIDS TOMB AND MUCH MORE.
        It means the xtion replacement of Jew theory is true and jeusx is the messiah.
        It means if israel doesnt believe they have 1001% rights to its land they Israel are guilty of something and its only a matter of time to wear Israel out, to tire them and eventually the enemy in this case is esauv/edom/xtians who still didnt hand over the list of names of forced conversions/willing conversion during worldwarII
        It means the xtians still didnt return all the stolen artworks from that and other wars
        It means the xtians still didnt STOP THE MISSIONARY ACTIVITY THE LIES DECEPTIONS TRICKS TO JEWS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
        It means get out of ISRAEL the land you attacked for 2000 years once mortally and now spiritually through trickery such as converting to orthodox Judaism but then deceptively once in the shuls and yeshivas bring unsuspecting Jews into your home to talk about jesux.
        It means so much if you JEWS ONLY WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT THE DONATIONS FROM THE XTIANS COST THE JEWS 10 TIMES MORE but thats another explanation that I have noted many times in this Internet link or my blog jewswithviews.com
        It means when the only and one messiah arrives
        NOT A CHURCH NOT A MOSQUE NOT A TEMPLE (EXCEPT THE ‘ONE’) WILL MELT LIKE WAX AND THERE WILL NOT BE ANY XTIAN NOR ISLAM NOT BUDDIST NOR ANYTHING EXCEPT ISRAEL AND OTHERS CALLED NOAHIDE.
        2nd COMMANDMENT”HAVE NO GRAVEN IMAGES” “I AM ONE”
        THERE IS NONE OTHER THEN ‘ME'”.
        IT MEANS YOU SHOULD LEARN OUR PROPHET OVADIA
        IT MEANS YOU SHOULD LEARN TORAH WHAT HASHEM SAYS OF ESAUV
        IT MEANS the xtians must and eventually Mashiach will return those Jews they brainwashed to accept their deadmangod back to TORAH AS ‘ONE HASHEM GAVE IT TO MOSES WHO TAUGHT IT TO ISRAEL WHILE THE WORLD STOOD STILL AND ‘KNEW’ THE JEWS WHERE SPECIAL AND SOMETHING VERY HEAVENLY WAS HAPPENING TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

        TORAH TEACHES ISRAEL TO STAND ALONE,DO NOT ASSIMILATE,ALL THEIR gods of wood and stone cannot help you Israel. ”ONLY I CAN SAVE YOU”

    • Hunter Watson

      One does not expect a head of state, even a Pope, to visit a country with which sensitive negotiations are in progress merely as a tourist.

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