Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty Wednesday, drawing criticism from Jerusalem.

The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the UN General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state.

But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.

“Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists,” said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

Israeli officials criticized the Vatican announcement.

“We’re disappointed by the decision taken by the Holy See. We believe that such a decision is not conducive to bringing the Palestinians back to the negotiating table,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon told The Times of Israel…

  • Alain

    Fine and does the “State of Paestine” recognise the Vatican? I am beginning to wonder of ex-members of the KGB are running the Vatican.

    • Pope Hopey Changey is on a roll.

      • Censored_EG

        I’m starting to think that this Pope takes his orders from the pseudo-Muslim Obama. Odd that, isn’t it?

      • WalterBannon

        he is another anti-Semite Marxist scumbag

    • In 1970-80’s the KGB worked very hard on implanting the “liberation theology” among the South Americans. Pope Francis Guevara is a proof that they succeeded.

      • occupant 9

        Indeed, to the point where “true facts will not be believed.”

      • Alain

        Yes just as the KGB created the mythical “Palestinian” people. They were extremely busy.

  • Martin B

    Terrorism works. Just ask the Pope.

    • Una Salus

      He’s a spectacularly frail and weak man which is why the media loves him.

  • Gersh204

    Did the Vatican get a public assurance from the State of Palestine that it would recognize that Israel exists, that it has a right to exist, that it would open diplomatic relations with Israel, and that it would not have a military? No….oh, I am shocked (sarcasm).

  • The Goat

    This pope is dead to me.

    • Rama44

      I agree .He ain’t the boss of me either!

      • MyQHFilly

        No pope was ever the boss of you.

    • mobuyus

      He can go shit in the woods.

    • occupant 9

      This Pope, like so many before him, all in fact, firmly disbelieved God when He made an eternal promise to Israel.

      Who you gonna believe?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Includes Gaza?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The old professor, Tom Lehrer, has proven to be one heckuva prophet. This is the third time in the last few days that the Church has merited his musical tribute.

    • disqus_W6sf

      I like what he said about his career: “If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while.” (Wiki)

  • Jabberwokk

    I hate to say it but i feel that a terrorist attack on the Vatican would probably be the best thing to come out of there in years.

    1 it may be the push the christian right needs

    2 No more spineless bureaucratic “leadership” in Catholicism

    You know they could be spearheading up programs for scientific studies into cancer/amputee/aids/agriculture/etc research and promoting a bridge between science and faith. they could call it connecting the mind to the heart. You know, something productive; something that would require a platform that they have. Something that would bring some unity into our increasingly unstable world.

    But nope lets get involved in Palestine and resurrect the ghouls of WW2 like the necromancers we really are.

    • occupant 9

      Perhaps these are the ghouls of WW1, the destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the remaking of the ME … or maybe this simply goes back to the big Mo and his enduring hatred of Jews, ALL murdered to bring about Muslim the happy days.

      The Fonz wouldn’t think that’s cool … esp coz he’s Jewish.

  • Dana Garcia

    Churchie types can be so stupid, and Vaticrats are some of the worst. They don’t make a good case for religion.

  • DMB

    More and more this anti-pope is making me believe that he will be the final one to run the Roman Catholic Church. 🙁

  • Observer

    You just need to realize that Pope Francis see himself as the spiritual leader of all the world’s communists.

  • Matthew 7:7

    After hearing this I’ve decided to renounce my Catholicism and immediately begin the process of converting to Judaism. That was the last straw from this “Church” I was born into.

    • occupant 9

      On your way to Judaism, have a stopover at Noahism as a path for us Gentiles; the 7 Noahide Laws predate the 10 Commandments (which were given to the Jews).

      • disqus_W6sf

        I wish I had known about this in 1985.

  • Petr

    I hope the the next pope will be a christian, not a marxist like this one.

  • Shebel

    So–You still think that Michael Coren was wrong ?

  • The new Pope is a dope and a Latin American scumbag/Marxist.

  • Shebel

    Strange —-Y’all condemned Michael Coren for leaving the Catholic Church, one week ago– Now you are condemning the Catholic Church.
    You are a strange fekking bunch.
    Any words of apology to Mikey?

    • A) I don’t remamber anyone knocking Coren for his religious choices as such. It was his stance on the Garland incident that had people annoyed as I recall.

      B)Are you Michael Coren?

      • Shebel

        Not hardly. I am not that smart.
        It was his choice.
        What? He should not to be having a mind of his own.

    • El Martyachi

      … wouldn’t be holding breath on those apologies. His catamitic relationship with Big Gay and the PC brigade is at issue.

      • Shebel

        Fekk big Gay—- I am not being sucky here— actually -I think that I respect him even more since he stuck to his guns–but– if he becomes a Muslim— then it is Fatwa time. .

        • El Martyachi

          I’m not seeing where he stuck to any guns. He seems like one of those guys who’s constantly trading his guns.