Pope Francis has recognized the Palestinian State with an official treaty. The Vatican actually recognized Palestine in 2012, after it declared statehood at the United Nations. During Pope Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine.”
Today just made it more official.
The statement from the Holy See:
On 13 May 2015, the Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine which is working on a Comprehensive Agreement following on the Basic Agreement, signed on 15 February 2000, held a Plenary Session in the Vatican to acknowledge the work done at an informal level by the joint technical group following the last official meeting held in Ramallah at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine on 6 February 2014.
It’s not surprising that a far-left political pope has weighed in against Israel. He believes in the two-state solution, one that will undoubtedly lead to Israel’s demise. The Palestinians already got a state – Gaza – and they turned it over to terrorists, including Iranian terrorists.
Israel believes it will hurt the peace process. The pope is choosing sides. Israelis want to know why would Palestinians go back to the peace process now?
“This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations,” the Israeli foreign ministry said, according to the AP. “Israel will study the agreement and will consider its steps accordingly.”
Abbas applied for and was granted membership in the International Criminal Court, a position he plans to use to investigate alleged war crimes perpetrated against Palestine by Israel. This way he doesn’t have to negotiate with Israel.
How long before the rest of the nations sign up against Israel?
The pope is canonizing two Palestinian nuns and Mahmoud Abbas will travel to the Vatican for the event.
There is little hope the Vatican will turn back to a less political and more conservative pope should something happen to Pope Francis. This is the Catholic church now but Catholics like myself know when not to follow.