Pope Francis Warns Against ‘Unfair’ Solutions to End Israel-Palestine Conflict
The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has cautioned against “unfair” solutions aimed at ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In a speech during a visit to the Italian city of Bari to reflect on peace in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis lamented the many areas of war and conflict, including in the Middle East and Northern Africa. He spoke of “the still unresolved conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, with the danger of not fair solutions, and, thus, presaging new crises.” The Pope didn’t cite any specific proposals.
A new US peace plan would let Israel annex all of its settlements along with the strategic Jordan Valley. It would give the Palestinians limited autonomy in several chunks of territory with a capital on the outskirts of Jerusalem, but only if they meet stringent conditions.