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Bilateral Arrangements: the Holy See and Israel

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On 29 July 1992, a "bilateral permanent working commission" had been established by the parties, and the Fundamental Agreement is the result of its works. Its main purpose is to provide, in the language of the preamble: "a sound and lasting basis" for the continuing development of the present and future relations between the Vatican State and the State of Israel, against the significant background of the "unique nature of the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people. This chapter only discusses the human rights provisions incorporated in the Agreement, but it seems unavoidable to mention its far-reaching religious and political implications. The 1993 Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel is a significant development likely to play a role in the universal protection of human rights in the sensitive field of religion and beliefs.

Keywords: Catholic Church; fundamental agreement; Holy Places; ISRAEL; religious human rights



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