Vatican Jerusalem Agreement

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Vatican Jerusalem Agreement

One of the first decisions was to send The Israeli ambassador, Zion Evrony, to meet with senior Vatican officials to obtain more information about the agreement. Over the past two weeks, Evrony has held three separate meetings with Vatican officials and requested a full copy of the treaty to find that it contained nothing that would violate the Vatican-Israel agreements. Senior Foreign Ministry officials also met with the Vatican ambassador to Israel and made a similar request. According to a Vatican statement, the agreement “addresses the essential aspects of the life and action of the Catholic Church in Palestine.” They also state that they “expect that the previous agreements signed between the two parties will be respected and improved on the basis of total equality of people between peoples.” In December of this year, a quarter of a century ago, the Holy See and the State of Israel signed the Fundamental Agreement that paved the way for the complete normalization of bilateral relations, which crystallized a few months later in the establishment of diplomatic relations. How did the parties reach this transcendental agreement? The Vatican has rejected Israeli demands for the agreement signed by the Holy See two weeks ago with the “State of Palestine,” a senior official in Jerusalem told Haaretz. Despite four calls from Israeli diplomats, the Vatican declined to give details of the contents of the agreement, according to the official. After this provision, Israel agreed to ensure “the full effect of the legal personality of the Catholic Church” and of all Catholic institutions operating in Israel under Israeli law. The agreement recognizes the legal status of enterprises, instead of the current de facto status, to Catholic units created under Catholic canon law[5] without having to include them in Israeli law. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon added: “We also regret the unilateral texts of the agreement that ignore the historical rights of the Jewish people in the land of Israel and at the holy sites of Judaism in Jerusalem. Israel cannot accept unilateral provisions of the agreement that do not take into account Israel`s core interests and the special historical status of the Jewish people in Jerusalem. Since then, relations between Rome and Jerusalem have not been exempted from ups and downs, or even sharp differences.