Following the publication of the joint statement from various Christian leaders in Jerusalem, the Holy See re-proposed a solution to the conflict between the two states in the Near East. The Holy See expressed its concern about the Israeli government’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, saying such an action could compromise dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.
At the same time, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Paul Richard Gallagher, had a phone conversation last Wednesday with the chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat. The objective of the call was to inform the Holy See about recent events in Palestinian territory and about the risk of Israel unilaterally imposing its sovereignty on said regions, a move that would further compromise the peace process.
The new Israeli government coalition, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist Benny Gantz, has put an end to the longest political crisis in Israel’s history. They did this with a plan centered on economic recovery in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The plan also includes the annexation of parts of the West Bank.
That’s why the Holy See continues to follow the situation closely, expressing concern about the possibility of compromising dialogue. It also hopes Israelis and Palestinians will be able to directly negotiate an agreement, with the help of the International Community, so that peace can finally reign in the Holy Land, so loved by Jews, Christians and Muslims.