December 30, 1993

On This Date in! in 1993 the Vatican officially recognized Israel as a sovereign nation. When asked why it took so long (Israel declared itself a nation in May 1948), Pope John Paul II answered that these things take time and the Catholic Church wanted to make sure that Israel’s nationhood stuck and wasn’t just a fad of those crazy, Jewish kids over there in Jerusalem.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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