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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Israel, Vatican Sign Reconciliation Accord

JERUSALEM -- Israel and the Vatican, capping a drive to reconcile past anguish and give new impetus to Mideast peace, announced Wednesday formal ties had been established and ambassadors would be exchanged. The Jewish State and the Holy See recognized each other last Dec. 30, and agreed on a two-year period of normalization to overcome 2,000 years of bloodshed, anti-Semitism and painful political relations that left them on opposite sites of the Mideast conflict. The Vatican called the accord a "further instrument and privileged channel of dialogue" between the Holy See and Israel. Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin portrayed the agreement as a result of the peace process between Israel and the Arab world.