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Vatican Israel Agreement 2014

On Friday, the Vatican signed a comprehensive treaty with the Palestinian authorities, which has already formalized a fundamental agreement between the Catholic Church and the PLO in 2000. It is essentially a formal declaration of the Holy See`s support for the creation of a Palestinian state and the peace process with Israel. “I hope that this agreement could, in some way, prompt a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will continue to cause suffering to both sides,” Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher wrote. c) The parties intend to open negotiations within three months of the entry into force of this agreement and strive to reach an agreement within two years of the start of negotiations. The agreement follows the Vatican`s decision in May to change the status of its diplomatic relations with Ramallah and to formally renounce the PLO`s recognition to make way for the State of Palestine. The Catholic Church has been referring to a Palestinian state since at least 2012, but the new agreement consolidates the support of the Holy See. The senior Israeli official stressed that despite assurances from Vatican officials – or perhaps precisely because of them – Jerusalem`s concerns about the content of the agreement were not relieved. In fact, concerns have increased. (a) The Holy See and the State of Israel will negotiate in good faith a comprehensive agreement that contained solutions acceptable to both parties on ambiguous, unresolved and contentious issues concerning property, economy and taxation that concern the Catholic Church in general, or for certain Catholic communities or institutions.

The Israel-Vatican Working Commission was convened in Jerusalem on 30 April 2009 to try to resolve the economic problems related to Benedict XVI`s imminent visit to the Middle East. The Commission failed to reach an agreement and met again at the Vatican on 10 December 2009. [8] Ambassador Dayan noted that Israel had begun diplomatic relations with many countries in the 1990s, but that none of these agreements had “the same meaning as diplomatic relations with the Holy See,” which have not only diplomatic and political significance, but also spiritual and historical significance, he added. The next meeting was held on December 6, 2010[12] and another on June 14, 2011. [13] Another meeting was scheduled for 1 December 2011[14] but was not convened in Israel until 26 January 2012. [15] Some progress was reported at a meeting on June 12, 2012. [16] The Working Committee met on 29 January 2013, but no concrete progress was reported. [17] Another meeting was held on June 5, 2013, but no progress was reported. [18] Another meeting was held on 11 February 2014 in Jerusalem and the next meeting was scheduled for June 2014.

[19] However, the planned meeting of the Commission did not take place, which was probably a source of tension on the peace process.

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