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Old May 14th, 2015, 10:35 AM   #1
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Vatican to recognise Palestinian state in treaty

This strikes me as being a very bold move, somewhat unusual for the normally very conservative, one might almost say reactionary Vatican.

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The Vatican is to formally recognise Palestinian statehood in a treaty that will be signed shortly, officials say.

Israel has expressed its disappointment at the decision which it says will not advance the peace process.

Talks between the Palestinians and the Vatican - which favours a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - have gone of for 20 years.
President Abbas meets the Pope this weekend when two 19th Century Palestinian nuns will be canonised.

The Vatican is eager that property and civil rights of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian state is protected, correspondents say.

According to the New York Times, it has strong religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites.

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The BBC's David Willey in Rome says that Pope Francis is making every effort to strengthen the Christian presence in the Middle East at a time when when hundreds of thousands of Arab Christians are fleeing Islamic violence.

The Vatican's announcement comes amid growing momentum to recognise Palestinian statehood. Over the last year the European Parliament as well as the UK, Republic of Ireland, Spain and France have all passed non-binding motions in favour.

Sweden has gone further, officially recognising Palestine as a state.
The moves have been criticised by Israel, which says recognition of statehood in this way discourages Palestinians from resuming talks on a final status agreement.
Remainder of article at Vatican to recognise Palestinian state in treaty - BBC News
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This strikes me as being a very bold move, somewhat unusual for the normally very conservative, one might almost say reactionary Vatican.



Remainder of article at Vatican to recognise Palestinian state in treaty - BBC News
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The moves have been criticised by Israel, which says recognition of statehood in this way discourages Palestinians from resuming talks on a final status agreement.
"Settlements" by Israeli Zionists discourage Palestinians from resuming talks on a final status agreement.

The Israeli Zionists idea of a final agreement retains their ability to bomb, displace, confiscate property and build settlements at will.

The disposition of the Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations provides a US analog from almost 200 years ago.
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The State of Palestine is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East. Its independence was declared on 15 November 1988 by the Palestine Liberation Organization in Algiers as a government-in-exile.
State of Palestine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As of 30 October 2014, 135 (69.9%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of Palestine


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This Pope is a wise man.
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