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Pope calls for dialogue over Israel-Hamas war



Pope Francis has called on Israel and the Palestinians to find a solution at the negotiating table.

The 86-year-old Catholic pontiff strongly advocated a two-state solution, one state for Israel and one for the Palestinians.

He said, “Every war is a defeat. Nothing is solved by war. Everything is gained with peace, with dialogue.

“In war, one slap in the face provokes another. A strong one and then another stronger one, and it goes on,” Francis said.

“However, it is about two peoples who must live together.

Francis reffered to the Oslo peace process between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), which began in 1993 which he described as a “clever solution” for this: ‘Two peoples, two states as it state: two well-limited states and Jerusalem with a special status’.