UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Pope Francis warned the Pope of the Pope on Sunday against the “unfair solutions” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said it would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan.
The Pope made the remarks in the coastal city of Bari, southern Italy, which he visited at the conclusion of a meeting of bishops from all Mediterranean countries.
“The Mediterranean region is currently threatened by the outbreak of conflict and instability in the Middle East and in various countries in North Africa, in addition to between the various ethnicities, religious and sectarian groups,” Francis said.
“We also cannot ignore the unresolved conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, with the danger of unfair solutions that will, in turn, pave the way for new crises,” he added.
Among the participants were the Archbishop of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, Birpatista Pitsapala, whose powers include Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan.
It is believed that this is the first time that the Pope has spoken publicly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since Trump announced the plan on January 28. The Pope usually defends the rights of the Palestinians as well as Israel’s need for security.
The Pope previously expressed his concern in 2018 when the United States announced the transfer of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and said that the city’s “status quo” must be respected. Francis called on all parties to respect the UN resolutions related to the city.
“There is no reasonable alternative to peace, because every attempt to exploit or master is underestimating its actor and its target,” he said, speaking generally speaking of the Middle East. It shows myopia and lack of knowledge of reality as it does not provide a future for either party.
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