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Israel Government Reported Advancing Plan to Grant Territorial Status to Holy Places

The Israel Government is advancing a plan for solution of the problem of Jerusalem on the basis of proposals expounded earlier calling for the granting of territorial status to the Holy Places in the city and for the extension to the clergy of the same rights they enjoyed under the former British Mandate, it was reported here today.

Meanwhile, Christian church authorities were reported to have altered some-what their attitude toward internationalization of Jerusalem. Now, the reports say, they are prepared to accept a compromise promising them a modus operandi with only the “inter-religiously recognized Holy Places internationalized.” The rest of the city would thus be put under respective Israel and Transjordan control.

At the same time, reports received here indicate that the Vatican is also taking a more cautious and moderate view on the question of internationalization of the Holy Places.