Vatican Won’t Let Israel See Its Treaty With ‘State Of Palestine’

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Erica Wenig Contributor
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After the Vatican signed its first treaty recognizing Palestine as a state in June, officials won’t allow Israel to review the document.

The Holy See, the representation of the Roman Catholic Church abroad, declined four appeals by Israeli officials to read the details of the agreement two weeks ago, Haaretz reports. The treaty, signed in Vatican City, formalized relations between the Vatican and Palestine.

Israeli officials have only been allowed to view the three-page preface that asserts the right to a Palestinian state within the borders prior to the war in 1967, including the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. (RELATED: New Vatican Treaty Recognizes ‘State Of Palestine’)

Vatican representatives provided general information on the agreement and reassured Israeli officials that it doesn’t contradict existing accords with Israel. After the treaty is ratified, it will be made public, according to Haaretz.

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