The Vatican has announced a treaty with the Palestinian Authority declaring its recognition of a Palestinian state.
In conjunction with this announcement, Pope Francis will bestow sainthood upon two Palestinian nuns this Sunday.
This development is troubling though not surprising. Pope Francis used the phrase "state of Palestine" when he visited Bethelem almost a year ago. As with various parliaments throughout Europe, this moves grants legitimacy to Palestinian statehood while circumventing negotiations with Israel on final status matters (especially Jerusalem). It also legitimizes a regime that has not held an election in a decade.