"There is no sign that the Americans will present anything new," said Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official. "They will keep saying that the only solution now is to make President Abbas (and) Netanyahu sit together. But we have been in this process for 22 years, and nothing has happened."
"This is a very important recognition as the Vatican has a very important political status that stems from its spiritual status," said Abbas' senior aide, Nabil Shaath. "We expect more EU countries to follow."