Statement from Marcie Natan, National President, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. Regarding the Vatican's Recognition of a Palestinian State

Wednesday, May 13 2015

Renee Young, National Public Relations
(212) 303- 8140

Although the Pope’s friendships and strong tradition of dialogue with Jewish leaders has forged a deeper understanding and friendship between Jews and Catholics, I am deeply concerned about the Vatican’s unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood. Contrary to its stated aims, this treaty does not further the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. This proclamation grants legitimacy to Palestinian statehood while allowing the Palestinians to circumvent negotiations with Israel on final status matters.


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