Legal Personality Agreement with the Holy See

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
November 7, 1997

On Monday, November 10, 1997, a ceremony will be held for the signing of the "Agreement between the State of Israel and the Holy See Pursuant to Article 3 (3) of the Fundamental Agreement between the State of Israel and the Holy See" (also referred to as the "Legal Personality Agreement"). The agreement deals with the granting of legal status to the institutions of the Catholic Church in Israel.

The agreement will be signed by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Levy, and the Apostolic Nuncio in Israel, Monsignor Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo.

The agreement constitutes an important milestone in the long, ongoing process of the normalization of relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See, and between the State of Israel and the Catholic Church. An historic turning point in these relations was the signing of the Fundamental Agreement in December 1993, followed by the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Holy See.