As Jewish summer camp season begins, the ubiquitous maps of Israel are coming under unusual scrutiny. Some campers and leaders are questioning why the Green Line is erased — and what effect that has on children.
The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, calling for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.
Israel’s economy would gain $120 billion and the Palestinian economy some $50 billion over the next decade in a two-state solution, a study has found.
When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church.
On top of land, settlements, resources and borders, Israel and the Palestinians can add another dispute to their long history of conflict - soccer.
Dror Eydar, an advisor on ‘Christian affairs’ to Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, likened the Vatican’s recognition of Palestine to ‘nailing the entire Jewish people to the cross.’
The Vatican’s decision to recognize the state of Palestine in a treaty for the first time has drawn a stern response from Israel, but it may usher in a freer debate in Europe about how to proceed on the vexed Palestinian question.
The Vatican concluded its first treaty that formally recognizes the State of Palestine, with an agreement on Catholic Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, the Holy See said on Wednesday.
Now is not the time for despair among liberal American Jewish supporters of Israel. We must respond to new realities with one important move: urging our own government to recognize Palestine.
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labor Party said on Friday he favored recognizing Palestine as a state if such a move would help bring about a broader peace deal in the Middle East.