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. 

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