ADL Calls Vatican’s Recognition of Palestinian State “Premature”

New York, NY, May 13, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed disappointment at the Vatican announcement that the Holy See intends to officially recognize the State of Palestine in a bilateral agreement, and called the development premature.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

As with other instances of governments recognizing a Palestinian state, this step is premature and serves to undermine the only real solution to the decades-old conflict, which is engaging in direct negotiations between the parties leading to a two-state solution. 

We appreciate that the Vatican’s basic intention is to promote Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, but believe that this diplomatic recognition will be unhelpful to that end, and instead only bolster the Palestinian strategy of seeking statehood through international fora and not through recognition, reconciliation and negotiation with Israel. 

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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