Israel’s envoy to the Vatican denied Wednesday that there is a deal in the works to transfer the ownership of King David’s Tomb to the Church.
But Rabbi Yaakov Sevilla, an activist for King David’s Tomb who has told Quartz Sheva previously that there is such a deal at play, insisted once against Wednesday that a deal is in the works – one which gives the Church more control over the site.
Rabbi Sevilla objected to the measure, saying that the move could change the religious “status quo” of the site. All present at the hearing, however, insisted that the deal had already been established with the Vatican – whether or not he agreed. The agreement will reportedly be finalized after the Pope’s visit – and the State has stressed emphatically that it will not renege on the terms of any agreement it has signed thus far with the Holy See.
Rabbi Sevilla noted that the deal confirms that there is not, as far as he knows, an intention to hand over the site to the Vatican – but only to give the Vatican more control over the Christian elements of the site.
However, he stressed, this is a slippery slope; the same logic was used when handing more control over the Temple Mount to the Waqf, and the move resulted in full sovereignty over Judaism’s holiest site.
Full article: Report: Vatican Will Gain More Control Over King David’s Tomb (Arutz Sheva 7)