Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission
between the Holy See and the State of Israel met on Wednesday 18
February, at the seat of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to
continue negotiating a treaty that would confirm the fiscal status of
the Church in Israel, and safeguard her properties, especially the
sacred places, as well as bring about restitution of some that have
been lost over time. These negotiations began on 11 March 1999.
The convoy of motor vehicles with diplomatic number plates, with on
board the negotiators for the Holy See, was seen arriving at the
Foreign Ministry a little before 10 a.m., and leaving again a little
before 1 p.m. The negotiators did not grant interviews, and only
spoke, together with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, through a joint
communiqué. Interest has been aroused by the fact that this time the
communiqué speaks of "progress" that was achieved, beyond repeating
the usual references to an atmosphere of "great cordiality" and to the
shared determination to conclude the agreement "as soon as possible"
Please read the reports from AsiaNews and Zenit Agency ( Vatican, Rome) below: the signing is just about to occur NEXT WEEK.
Everybody who cares about whom Jerusalem belongs to, The JEWISH PEOPLE OR THE VATICAN, NEEDS TO ENLIST, TO PREVENT THEIR SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT NEXT THURSDAY, THE DAY AFTER YOM HAATZMAUT.
So now we found out that this government is absolutely no different from the previous one, the foreign ministry, even though warned, continues on this treasonous path. Danny Ayalon is DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER.
THIS IS A BUSHA VECHERPAH TO WHICH THERE IS NO EQUAL.
PLEASE GET EVERYBODY OUT THERE, PASS IT AROUND, WE NEED TO URGENTLY HAVE MASS PROTESTS, I WOULD SAY IN FRONT OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY, IN FRONT OF THE KNESSET, AROUND THE CLOCK, TO STOP THEM FROM SIGNING. WE HAVE ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT. WE NEED TO START IMMEDIATELY!
VATICAN - ISRAEL
"Meaningful progress" in bilateral talks between the Holy See and Israel
After meeting today, the bilateral commission issued an upbeat press release. Talks between the two sides have been ongoing since 1999. The commission's next meeting is scheduled for 30 April in Israel, just before the Pope's visit. Mgr Pietro Parolin and Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon will be present.
Tel Aviv (AsiaNews) – A meeting took place today in Israel of the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel, which is currently negotiating (since 11 March 1999) a bilateral treaty on fiscal and property questions.
At the end of the meeting, which was held at an undisclosed location, the delegations published a joint communiqué, which spoke of "meaningful progress" having been achieved "by receiving a Report from a Working Group". For the rest, the communiqué reiterated the assurances that the talks were held in a climate of "great cordiality" and that both parties are committed to the goal concluding the comprehensive agreement "as soon as possible".
The communiqué also announces a plenary meeting, at Israel's Foreign Ministry, for 30 April. Under the commission's rules, the plenary is co-chaired by the respective "deputy foreign ministers", at present, for the Holy See, the Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, and for the State of Israel, the Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon (a former Ambassador to the US). Apparently this is the plenary that a December 2008 communiqué had scheduled for the 23rd. This is only one of several changes to the calendar announced last December, which foresaw too meetings in March, on the 5th and on the 26th, neither of which appears to have taken place. That, combined with the rumours (never confirmed) of a meeting supposed to have taken place during Holy Week, perhaps 7 April, (though without previous announcement or concluding communiqué), caused some speculation among observers speculation about the direction of the negotiations.
However, today's upbeat, hopeful communiqué has laid to rest those worries, at least for the moment. It is widely known, of course, that these are, by their very nature, very tough, very complex negotiations, and that it must take some more time before they can conclude with the desired agreement.
Is the Agreement possible? To this question everyone today appears to be responding affirmatively, and the new joint communiqué appears to nod its assent.
Headway Made on Holy See-Israel Accords
Progress Intensifies Ahead of Papal Visit
JERUSALEM, APRIL 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Ahead of Benedict XVI's visit to the Holy Land, members of the Israel-Holy See Bilateral Permanent Working Commission report that "meaningful" progress is being made to conclude their agreements.
A working-level meeting of the commission met Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem to continue negotiations on the economic agreement regarding the fiscal system and Church properties.
"The meeting was characterized by great cordiality and a spirit of cooperation," stated a communiqué published jointly by the Holy See and Israel.
"Meaningful progress was achieved by receiving a report from a working group, and the delegations renewed their joint commitment to conclude the agreement as soon as possible," the note affirmed.
The commission will meet for a plenary session next Thursday at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since signing the Fundamental Agreement in 1993, which established diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel, the two sides have been negotiating the particulars of tax exemptions and property rights for the Church, in particular for the holy sites. Talks stopped altogether in 2003 for several years, and began again in 2005.
While the negotiations have nothing officially to do with Benedict XVI's visit to the Holy Land, which will take place May 8-15, sources in the Vatican explain that Israel is interested in the good image the Pope's visit can give to the nation, and the Church is interested in consolidating its presence in the Holy Land.