Vatican Hails UN Palestinian State Vote, Calls For Special Status For Jerusalem

By By Philip Pullella Posted: 11/29/2012 9:42 pm EST Updated: 11/29/2012 9:51 pm EST

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(Reuters) – The Vatican hailed the United Nations’ implicit recognition of a Palestinian state on Thursday and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem, something bound to irritate Israel.

The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s observer status at the United Nations from “entity” to “non-member state,” the same status as the Vatican.

“The Holy See welcomes with favor the decision of the General Assembly by which Palestine has become a Non-member Observer State of the United Nations,” a statement said.

But it also said it was a “propitious occasion” to recall a “common position” on Jerusalem expressed by the Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organisation when the two sides signed a basic agreement on their bilateral relations in 2000.

Thursday’s statement called for “an internationally guaranteed special statute” for Jerusalem, aimed at “safeguarding the freedom of religion and of conscience, the identity and sacred character of Jerusalem as a Holy City, (and) respect for, and freedom of, access to its holy places.”

The Vatican’s re-stating of its position on Jerusalem, which has remained mostly dormant for years, was bound to irk Israel, which says there is no need for an international status for Jerusalem because those guarantees already exist.

Israel declared Jerusalem its “united and eternal” capital in 1980 after annexing East Jerusalem in the Six Day War in 1967. World powers have not recognized the annexation.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of an eventual state.

Israel has always resisted the concept of any form of international mandate over Jerusalem.

It has been some time since the Vatican re-stated its position on the city so forcefully, and Thursday’s statement was bound to be received negatively by Israel, a diplomat with direct knowledge of their relations said.

Israel has always maintained that it already guarantees the city’s special nature as sacred to the three great monotheistic religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Thursday’s statement called on both sides to seek an “effective commitment to building peace and stability, in justice and in the respect for legitimate aspirations, both of the Israelis and of the Palestinians.”

The Vatican and Israel established full diplomatic relations in 1994. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict visited the Jewish state and Palestinian territories.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella, Editing by Stacey Joyce)


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One Response to UN Palestinian State Vote hailed by the Vatican

  1. The Vatican detests the Torah following Israelites and uses its Sabbatean Frankist hofjuden to attack true-Judaism. The Vatican eliminates all who oppose the Oslo Accord including Rabbis. Shimon Peres was trained by Jesuits in Poland and this was exposed by the autobiography of Rabin. Incidentally Peres had Rabin assassinated. The Pope has dominated East Jerusalem since 1993 with the signing of the Oslo Accord in Jesuit controlled Washington D.C. He desires the destruction of the rest of Israel except East Jerusalem which he will turn into an international city requiring no passports etc. This Latin Kingdom will rule the World utilizing Dubai and Iraq. The Pope will be seated in the Third Hebrew King Solomon’s Temple built by Grandmaster Giuliano Di Bernardo over the Al-Asqa Mosque. Prior to this the Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst controlled Bin Laden company will demolish the Mosque and the Dome of the Rock whilst placing the blame at the feet of the West in order to aid the Clash of the Civilizations and the Strategy of Tension.

    -= The Unhived Mind

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