Holy See condemns Israel's imminent West Bank land grab

Pope Francis prays at West Bank barrier in 2014. PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Lynn/Mondoweiss

VATICAN CITY –  Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, met with the US Ambassador and the Israeli Ambassador, in order to express the Holy See's condemnation of the upcoming unilateral land grab in the West Bank that will further jeopardize the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as fray an already delicate situation in the Middle East more widely, according to a Holy See press release.

  The meeting was held on Wednesday, and the Holy See reiterated its previous declarations from May 20, 2020, and Nov. 20, 2019, that both the State of Israel and the State of Palestine have the right to exist and to live in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.

  The Holy See “thus appeals to the Parties to do everything possible to reopen the process of direct negotiation, on the basis of the relevant Resolutions of the United Nations,” read the statement.

  US President Donald Trump's ‘Vision for Peace’ plan, authored by his trumped-up son-in-law Jared Kushner, gave the green light in Jan. 2020 for Israel’s annexation of the settlements in the West Bank, which was condemned by the European and German parliament in June.

  The Vatican statement ended by quoting Pope Francis’ ‘Invocation for peace in the Holy Land’, from June 2014, in which he called for a “yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity.”