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Pope Francis says two-state solution needed for Israelis, Palestinians

Pope Francis is calling for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, saying that they are “two peoples who have to live together,” a report says. 

Francis made the remark Wednesday during an interview with Italian state television channel RAI, when he also said he hopes a regional escalation of the war can be avoided, according to Reuters. 

“[Those are] two peoples who have to live together. With that wise solution, two states. The Oslo accords, two well-defined states and Jerusalem with a special status,” Francis was quoted as saying. 

The U.S. State Department says the Oslo Accords were signed at the White House in September 1993 between then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) negotiator Mahmoud Abbas. 

 

“It is the right of those who are attacked to defend themselves,” the pope also said in October, “but I am very concerned about the total siege under which the Palestinians are living in Gaza, where there have also been many innocent victims.”  

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Peter Aitken contributed to this report. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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