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May 13, 2015 1:32 pm

Vatican Treaty Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

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JNS.org – The Vatican officially recognized Palestinian statehood on Wednesday in a statement about a new treaty.

The treaty, which was finalized but not yet signed, signals the Vatican’s diplomatic switch from recognizing the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the “State of Palestine.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit the Vatican on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Vatican’s statement cited “the Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine.” In 2012, the Vatican had officially supported the United Nations move to upgrade the Palestinians’ status at the world body to “non-member observer state.” Israel has long maintained that pre-emptive and unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood would damage hope to forge a negotiated solution with the Palestinians.

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The Vatican’s move follows a growing push among Western European countries to recognize Palestinian statehood. A number of European parliaments—including those of the European Union, the U.K., Spain, and France—have recently passed symbolic resolutions calling for Palestinian statehood recognition. The Swedish government, meanwhile, has gone further by formally recognizing a Palestinian state.

In May 2014, Pope Francis made his first official trip to Israel as pontiff, in addition to visiting Jordan and the disputed Palestinian territories. In one enduring image from the trip, the pope received some criticism from the pro-Israel community for an unscheduled stop at the Israeli security fence in Bethlehem, which led to a controversial photo-op in which he touched the fence next to anti-Israel graffiti.

Last June, Pope Francis followed up his Middle East trip by hosting then-Israeli president Shimon Peres and Abbas in Rome to “pray for peace.”

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  • – THE VATICAN IS MORE THAN RIGHT –

    It shall be justice!

    The Jews only regained their land back because of the help of the imperialist countries and after the formulation of its state (1948), began to persecute, murder and rob the local people (Palestinians), with the backing of the UN did a blind eye.

    Because of the Christian belief distorted; where these countries thought were helping to fulfill ancient prophecies.

    Agree ISRAEL is not the DIVINE NATION!

    3 min This film DISCLAIMS all this deception:

    – The God of Israel or the Church? –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKAo6s0SODY

  • SARA RIFKA

    PERHAPS WHILE YOUR BEING DUTIFUL AND FULL OF JUSTICE YOU MAY RETURN TO US THE CHILDREN OF JEWS YOU CONVERTED , THOSE YOU HID AND STOLE AND PERHAPS OVER THE CENTURIES YOU COULD RETURN ALL THE GOLD TREASURES AND HOLY ITEMS THAT YOU SCOFFED , STOLE , MURDERED,……..UNTIL THIS IS DONE…..I HAVE DECIDED NOT TO HAVE ONE CHRISTIAN IN MY LIFE OTHER THAN MY FRIEND IN NEPAL WHO WITH LOVE AND CARE IS ONLY SHAKEN FROM RECENT QUAKES……

    I DO THINK HASHEM IS TOPPLING ALL THE IDOLS OF LOST SOULS

  • A excellent volume on this subject is Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s ‘A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair’. The PA is the joint govt of Fatah and Hamas, with the Hamas charter calling for the destruction of Israel and the murder of all Jews worldwide. This highlights the Vatican’s ongoing problem with Israel and Jews.Israel is the only Middle East country with a growing Christian population and the Pope stabs Israel in the back!

  • judorebbe

    20 centuries of virulent Jew-hatred is a tough habit to break.

  • judorebbe

    And you really thought Pope Francis would stand up against the global jihad?
    20 centuries of Jew-hatred, as a lifestyle, is a pretty tough habit to break.

  • steve

    After two thousand years of Catholic persecution its time that Israel does not recognize the legitimacy of the RACIST Vatican that worships a dead Jew on a stick.

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