The Vatican hailed a “Palestinian” state and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem.
In a statement the Vatican 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.
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.
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…
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