Vatican concluded a treaty with Palestinian State
The Vatican had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian state, a symbolic but significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting according to the Israeli government.
Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, lends a powerful signal of moral authority and legitimacy to the efforts by the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas.
According to a joint statement posted on the Vatican news website, “the work of the commission on the text of the agreement has been concluded”.
Hanna Amireh, head of a Palestinian committee on church affairs, said the treaty was a broad one regarding the Vatican’s interests in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, including the standing of churches and church courts and taxes on church charities, institutions and lands, as well as other cultural and diplomatic matters..
It is not the first time Francis has shown a willingness to offend political sensitivities since a month ago the pope angered the Turkish government by calling the Armenian massacre by Ottoman Turks a genocide.
Source: New York Times