“State of Palestine” recognition ratified by Vatican


Much like Israel and the Oslo accords, the Vatican signed a treaty recognizing the ‘State of Palestine’ last June as a sign of supporting the 2-state solution, in hopes the move would protect the Palestinian Christians as Pope Francis is eager to have a greater diplomatic role in the Middle East.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


An agreement signed last year making official the Vatican’s de facto 2012 recognition of “Palestine,” has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday.

Pope Francis (right) embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas May 17, 2015. – Photo: Reuters

The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” last June when it called for moves to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backed a two-state solution.

“The Holy See and the State of Palestine have notified each other that the procedural requirements for [the accord’s] entry into force have been fulfilled,” the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday.

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2012 recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a nonmember observer state. This was welcomed at the time by the Vatican, which has the same nonmember observer status at the United Nations.

In October 2014, Sweden acknowledged the State of Palestine, a decision that drew condemnation from Israel and led to tense relations between the two countries.

Israel has previously called the Vatican accord a hasty move that could damage prospects for advancing a peace agreement and impact its future diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

But the Holy See under Pope Francis is eager to have a greater diplomatic role in the Middle East, from where many Christians have fled because of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and other countries.

“The agreement … regards essential aspects of the life and activity of the church in Palestine, while at the same time reaffirming the support for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the conflict in the region,” the Vatican said.


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  1. Daniel Moshe Johnson says:

    Shalom Aleichem

    This agreement speaks to the history of the grasp of the Roman Empire on the land of Israel. Emperor Hadrian and the coining of Palestina and Aeial Capitolina is what this recognition is based in; a set presedence based in thievery, murder and pilage.

    It should be of no surprise to anyone, the issue now, is what stance will Israel take against the Holy See.
    Rome holds in its vaults ancient archives, scrolls, currency and property of ancient Israel; and Israel has not chosen to make any moves to ask for the return of such properties.

    The Vatican stands in open error regarding the State of Israel,and has made no steps to apologize, disassociate or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    So then, we must question this and act on this and request that the resources and the company of ancient Israel be handed over to this modern Israel; and this should be done militarily as this solidarity with a known terrorist and rogue entity in Hamas shows the Holy Sees position.

    I think it’s time to evacuate the Holy See from Israel and apprehend all properties, because this treaty with a known enemy who is sworn to the destruction of Israel, makes the Vatican guilty of siding with the enemy and a potential threat to the safety of Israel.

    Daniel Moshe Johnson

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