West Bank, ALRAY - Vatican summoned the ambassadors of Israel and US to an extraordinary meeting to express its concerns over annexation plan.
Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday that his foreign minister, Cardinal Petro Parolin, met separately, US ambassador Calista Gingrich and Israeli ambassador Oren David, according to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
Paroline expressed "the concern of the Holy See, regarding the possibility of taking unilateral steps that could threaten efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the sensitive situation in the Middle East," according to the same source.
The Vatican reiterated its position in support of the two-state solution, saying: "Israel and the State of Palestine have the right to exist and to live in peace and security within internationally recognized borders."
The Vatican called on Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table based on UN resolutions.
Wednesday, July 1, is the deadline set by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to begin the process of annexing the Jordan Valley and all settlements, with an area of up to 30 percent of the West Bank, in the framework of the alleged US "deal of the century".
However, Netanyahu has not issued any decision in this regard, because there are disputes within his government, and another with the US administration over the timing and details of the "annexation" process, according to Israeli media.