The international premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at the Cannes Film Festival became an unexpected protest site, as Lebanese actor Manal Issa demonstrated against Israel's killing of Gaza protesters.
"We are ready to begin negotiations immediately in order to achieve the freedom and independence of our people."
Some 570,000 Israelis now live in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem, together home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.
Israel, angered, calls the treaty "a hasty step (that) damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement."
The agreement "aims to enhance the life and activities of the Catholic Church and its recognition at the judicial level."
The three-term leader is trailing his center-left opponent Isaac Herzog in opinion polls.
Jewish Home is a major partner in right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government.
The United States voted against the measure.
"We think it sets arbitrary deadlines for reaching a peace agreement and for Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank."
A number of European parliaments have voted in support of Palestinian statehood in non-binding resolutions
While most developing countries recognize Palestine as a state, most Western European countries do not.
France warned it would recognize a Palestinian state if talks stalled, and proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a U.N.-backed resolution.
Since the 28 EU member states would need to decide unanimously on recognizing Palestine as a state, Merkel's objection mounts to a veto.
Federica Mogherini, the EU's new foreign policy chief, wants to work closely with Middle Eastern countries to secure the creation of a Palestinian state