Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “This is a very important recognition as the Vatican has a very important political status that stems from its spiritual status,” said Abbas’ senior aide, Nabil Shaath. “We expect more EU countries to follow.”The Vatican has been referring unofficially to the state of Palestine since 2012.During Pope Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine.”The Vatican’s foreign minister, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, acknowledged the change in status, but said the shift was simply in line with the Holy See’s position.The Holy See clearly tried to underplay the development, suggesting that its 2012 press statement welcoming the U.N. vote constituted its first official recognition. Nowhere in that statement does the Vatican say it recognizes the state of Palestine, and the Holy See couldn’t vote for the U.N. resolution because it doesn’t have voting rights at the General Assembly.The Vatican’s efforts to downplay the move seemed justified given the swift condemnation of the development by Israeli groups: The American Jewish Committee said it was “counterproductive to all who seek true peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” The Anti-Defamation League said it was “premature.” Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

"Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty"