The Vatican’s treaty recognizing the non-existent “state of Palestine” has come into full effect, the Holy See announced over the weekend.
The treaty between the Vatican and the Palestinian Authority, signed in June 2015, affirms a two-state solution, recognizes “Palestine” as an equal partner with Israel in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and intends to protect the rights of the Catholic Church to operate in disputed Palestinian territories.
“The agreement, consisting of a preamble and 32 articles, regards essential aspects of the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, while at the same time reaffirming the support for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the conflict in the region,” the Vatican said in a statement.
In May 2014, Pope Francis said that both Israel and “Palestine” have a right to exist.
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