News Brief 12/13/2009, Kislev 26, 5770
Relations with Vatican on the Verge of Collapse
Israeli and Vatican delegations have hit a dead end after meeting last week to discuss the financial and legal status of sites in Israel considered holy by the Church. The Israeli delegation, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (Yisrael Beitenu), flew to Rome in order to discuss the status of the Vatican’s assets in Israel, as well as the Vatican’s demand for sovereignty over Jerusalem’s Mount Zion. The delegations were unable to reach an agreement on any issue and decided to postpone their discussions to May 2010. According to Vatican sources, Israel has postponed dealing with the Church’s demands for 15 years and relations between the two are on the verge of collapse.