Israel Palestine

New housing units being built in the Israeli settlement Efrat are seen on the hillside overlooking a Palestinian village near Bethlehem, West Bank, May 10, 2020. The Vatican issued a statement May 20 stating concerns about an Israeli plan to unilaterally annex a large portion of land in the West Bank. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)
Gerard O’Connell May 20, 2020
“The Holy See is following the situation closely and expresses concern about any future actions that could further compromise dialogue.”
An Israeli soldier guards at the Gush Etzon Settlements junction near Bethlehem, West Bank, May 10, 2020. The settlements in the Gush Etzon region would be included in the proposed annexation plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) 
Catholic leaders in the Holy Land believe that continued Israeli annexation of West Bank land could end any hope of Palestinian-Israeli rapprochement.
The Vatican is providing ventilators and monetary assistance to the Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Gaza as they try to grapple with the pandemic.
Kevin Spinale April 17, 2020
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The proposal has infuriated many of Israel's Arab citizens, who view it as a form of forced transfer.
Trump proposed the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements, creating Israeli enclave communities in the heart of the West Bank while promising the possibility of a future independent Palestinian state under certain conditions.