SHOWING THE WAY: Vatican Recognizes a Palestinian State, Says It Hopes to be A Model For Israel

150626-palestine-vatican-sign-treaty-yh-0905a_44ca904679b9baf9ff708aa6554bef4c.nbcnews-fp-1200-800Israel expressed disappointment with this treaty so the Vatican shouldn’t hold it’s breath.

The Vatican officially recognized a Palestinian state on Friday by signing a treaty and said it hoped the step would promote peace with Israel.

Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher said he hoped the Holy See’s recognition “may in some way be a stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

He signed the treaty with his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, and said it could be a model for other Middle Eastern countries.

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Israel expressed its disappointment last month when the Vatican announced a final agreement on the treaty, regulating the Catholic Church in Palestinian territories.

Read more: NBC News


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