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June 26, 2015 12:12 pm

Vatican Signs First Treaty With ‘State of Palestine’

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The Vatican signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Vatican signed a treaty with the “State of Palestine.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The Vatican on Friday signed its first official treaty with what it called the “State of Palestine,” while also urging “courageous decisions” to be made to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The treaty, which was announced in May, covers the Catholic Church’s activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. It is the first official treaty signed with regards to the disputed territories since the Vatican’s de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood in 2012.

Vatican Foreign Minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher said he hopes the treaty’s signing will be a “stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which continues to cause suffering for both parties,” Reuters reported.

“This certainly requires courageous decisions, but it will also offer a major contribution to peace and stability in the region,” he said.

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Vatican’s move hurts the chances for peace “and harms the international effort to convince the Palestinians to returning to the negotiations table for direct talks with Israel.”

“Israel cannot accept the one-sided assertions in the agreement, which do not take into consideration Israel’s vital interests and the singular, historic status of the Jewish people in Jerusalem,” the ministry added.

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  • If you would have read this blogpost, you would not have expected anything different.Just one more Vatican con job!
    https://twicemodern.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/a-popes-business/

  • Jonas

    After all the catholic crimes over the last centuries, we do
    have to respond. Israel should break diplomatic ties with the Vatican, announce the act as hostile to Israel close there borders for all representatives of the catholic church, and to tax all property of the church in Israel as if it was private-property, further should all church officials be treated as potential first enemies of our (Israeli/Jewish) people. A taste of there own medicine.

  • JOHN TRAIN

    Israel should exploit the fact of this treaty. It should demand that the Vatican denounce the curriculum of hate in the Palestinian authority schools. It should demand that the Vatican explicitly distance itself from each statement of aggression and/or hate made by the Palestinian authority official. It should explicitly take each specific action and asked the Vatican to take a stand. If and when the Vatican refuses to request and the refusal should be made public. The Vatican chose to lie down with the dog, therefore every fully that exists should be made to bite them. Don’t moan the agreement it is an unfortunate fact. Exploit it. Exploited publicly!

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