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    Vatican Accord Recognizing De Facto Palestinian State Takes Effect

    Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher, right, and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, shake hands after signing a treaty — covering church operations in parts of the Holy Land under Palestinian control — at the Vatican, June 26, 2015.
    Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher, right, and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, shake hands after signing a treaty — covering church operations in parts of the Holy Land under Palestinian control — at the Vatican, June 26, 2015.
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    The Vatican says its first treaty with Palestinians has come into force, more than two years after the Roman Catholic Church drew criticism from Israel for recognizing the existence of a Palestinian state.

    The accord, which technically covers church operations in parts of the Holy Land under Palestinian control, was signed in June 2015.  It also reaffirms support for a negotiated two-state solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    A statement Saturday said the Holy See and what it recognizes as the state of Palestine had notified each other that all necessary procedural steps were completed and that the treaty was in effect.  

    More than 130 other nations have also recognized a Palestinian state, backing a 2012 U.N. General Assembly resolution that recognizes it as an observer, nonmember state.  

    Israel and the United States oppose such recognition, with Israel calling the pact premature and counterproductive.

    Both governments have insisted that the only way to end the deadly conflict is through negotiations, which have not progressed in years.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 03, 2016 2:29 PM
    If Israel must ever fight a nuclear war, The Vatican can be added to the list of targets. Among the Vatican's countless crimes including pedophilia, aiding Nazis to escape Europe, laundering money for the Mafia, the Inquisition, aiding and abetting the destruction of the Jews is only one of many. The Catholic Church has much to answer for. It retains its thinly disguised cloak of secrecy. It is bathed in fraud, corruption, and hypocrisy going back almost to its beginning. One of many criminal enterprises around the world.

    by: Catrina Querida from: Honduras
    January 03, 2016 1:35 AM
    Now the Vatican has the diplomatic power and the moral duty to help the Palestinians in formulating a viable proposal to unlock and restart the peace processes between Israel and the Palestinian State.

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