Pope Francis urges Israel, Palestine to seek dialogue following ‘vile’ Jerusalem attack

Pope Francis urges Israel, Palestine to seek dialogue following ‘vile’ Jerusalem attack

Pope Francis on Sunday, condemned the recent bombing attack in Jerusalem that took the life of two people and left 18 others wounded. He called the Jerusalem attack a ‘vile’ and said that it is ‘killing the future’. He emphasized on dialogues between the authorities to end this violence. As this seems to be the only solution to this long lasting conflict. He showed concern about the precious lives that are lost on daily basis as a result of bombing attacks and  retaliation from both ends.

Two bombs exploded at a bus stop on Jerusalem outskirts on Wednesday, killing a 16 year old boy and another 50 year old man died of injuries on Saturday. It appeared to be an attack by Palestinian militants.

Earlier on Tuesday night, a 16 year Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the Israeli occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

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Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peters Square for his Sunday blessing, Pope Francis said, “violence kills the future interrupting the lives of the youngest and weakening the hope for peace. Let us pray for these young people who died and for their families, especially for their mothers” He further added, I hope that Israel and Palestine authorities take the search for dialogue to heart in a greater way, building reciprocal trust, without which there will never be a solution for peace in the holy land”.

Israel-Palestine conflict has been going on for more than half a century and many attempts have been made to bring peace in the region by resolving this most enduring conflict but it doesn’t seem to settle anywhere soon. Even after the tremendous efforts exerted since 1991 Madrid Peace conference to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two state solution, peace has been elusive. The feeling of resentment among two countries is growing further and no one exactly knows how would it come to an end.

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