In a controversial move, the Vatican has officially recognized Palestine as a state in its new treaty finalized Wednesday, prompting backlash from Israel that the move will damage peace prospects, according to The Huffington Post.
The treaty, which outlines the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestine, has rightly changed from saying Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.
Israel was unsurprisingly “disappointed.”
"This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations," the Israeli foreign ministry said in a text message. "Israel will study the agreement and will consider its steps accordingly. "
The Vatican has been unofficially referring to Palestine as a state for at least a year. During Pope Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land, he referred to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as president of the state of Palestine.
The historic change comes amid increasing pressure from the international community for an end to Israeli occupation and a viable two-state solution for the region.
In an interview on Tuesday with Asharq al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper based in London, President Barack Obama implied his apt solidarity with Palestine.
"I will never give up on the hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians," said Obama, "Palestinians deserve an end to the occupation and the daily indignities that come with it. That's why we've worked so hard over the years for a two-state solution and to develop innovative ways to address Israel's security and Palestinian sovereignty needs."
As the Israeli government continues to defend its clearly discriminatory policies and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to embarrass himself on the global stage, the world is finally taking note and gradually coming together in support for Palestine instead for Israel.