Pope urges end to 'unacceptable' Middle East conflict

Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas review the honour guard on his arrival to Bethlehem.
Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas review the honour guard on his arrival to Bethlehem. Credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Pope Francis has called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "increasingly unacceptable" and urged both sides to take courageous and creative decisions to forge peace.

Pope Francis took a helicopter from Jordan to the West Bank.
Pope Francis took a helicopter from Jordan to the West Bank. Credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Pope Francis spoke alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after landing in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state.

Pope Francis called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'increasingly unacceptable'.
Pope Francis called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'increasingly unacceptable'. Credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The Pontiff said both sides need to make sacrifices to create two states, with internationally recognised borders, for the good of their own people.

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