Vatican City, Nov 20, 2019 / 09:40 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Holy See on Wednesday reaffirmed its support of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, after recent shifts in U.S. policy threatened to derail hopes of an agreement.
“In the context of recent decisions that risk undermining further the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the already fragile regional stability, the Holy See reiterates its position of a two-state solution for two peoples, as the only way to reach a complete solution to this age-old conflict,” the Vatican press office stated on Wednesday.
The Holy See’s statement was issued two days after the Trump administration announced a reversal of U.S. opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank; the administration now said they did not violate international law.
The settlements are viewed as a significant obstacle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and to hopes for a two-state solution.
Previous U.S. administrations have taken varying stances on the legitimacy of the settlements, and the Trump administration reverted to the Reagan administration’s position that the settlements were not illegal. The announcement was a reversal of the Obama administration’s 2016 decision not to veto a UN resolution against the settlements.