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More progress toward Vatican-Israel accord

January 27, 2012

“Substantive progress” was reported in the latest round of negotiations between the Holy See and Israel toward the development of a long-overdue diplomatic accord.

The latest talks, held at the Israeli foreign ministry in Jerusalem, were led by Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, the Vatican’s undersecretary for Relations with States, and Daniel Ayalon, Israeli’s deputy minister for foreign affairs. The next round of talks is scheduled to take place at the Vatican in June.


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  • Posted by: v.nagle - Jan. 28, 2012 6:05 AM ET USA

    I have been following closely the negotiations - which have been in progress since the Vatican ratified the agreement in 1994 - for the last six years. Every eight months or so, there is an announcement of progress. But the agreement never seems to get closer. My own conclusion is that Israel wants an agreement with the Vatican while at the same time undermining and suppressing the life of the local (and largely Arab) Church. Good luck with that.