Israel said it had “no intention” of giving the Vatican sovereignty over Kever Dovid following protests by Yidden ahead of Pope Francis’ visit this month.
“Contrary to rumors in Israel, there is no intention to transfer to the Vatican sovereignty or ownership on the Tomb of David or the Cenacle,” Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican, Tzion Evrony, said in a speech obtained on Wednesday.
The site is currently part of long-running negotiations over Holy Land property between Israel and the Vatican, which hopes to be given the right to use the site.
Hundreds of Jews on Monday held a n atzeres tefillah near the site, demanding that Israel retain sovereignty. They are also planning another demonstration on May 22, just three days before Pope Francis arrives.
Israeli President Shimon Peres told an Italian newspaper during a visit to the Vatican last year that a compromise had been reached on the Cenacle, and that “99 percent” of the issues concerning the site had been addressed.