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Location of 'Last Supper' on Mt. Zion. Vatican may get access Photo: Ron Peled
Location of 'Last Supper' on Mt. Zion. Vatican may get access Photo: Ron Peled
 
 

Vatican to pay property tax in Israel

After 18 years of tough negotiations, sides reach breakthrough ahead of historic agreement on economic and financial issues

Itamar Eichner
Published: 01.31.12, 07:39 / Israel Business

A breakthrough has been made in talks between Israel and the Vatican ahead of a historic agreement on economic and financial issues.

 

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After 18 years of tough negotiations, the Catholic Church agreed to waive its demand to receive sovereignty over the Cenacle (the location of the "Last Supper") on Jerusalem's Mount Zion. In return, Israel agreed to consider giving the Church access to the place and even consider a leasing option.

 

It was also agreed that the Vatican would start paying a reduced property tax for its assets in Israel. Over the years, Israel suffered losses of tens of millions of shekels due to the Vatican's failure to pay property tax.

 

The understandings were reached in a meeting held last weekend between Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and the Vatican's deputy foreign minister.

 

The sides reported that the two officials had reached an agreement as two further steps which will be taken in order to finalize the negotiations over the deal.

 

 

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