Pope Francis says two well-defined states is the ‘wise solution’

Pope Francis has said that a two-state solution is the “wise” way to solve the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster RAI, Francis said there had to be “two well-defined states”, with Jerusalem given special status.

“The war in the Holy Land frightens me,” Francis said. “How will these people end this story?”

Francis said an escalation of the violence “would mean the end of so many things and so many lives”.

Francis said he spoke every day by phone to priests and nuns running a parish in Gaza, where 560 people were taking shelter, mostly Christians and some Muslims.

“For now, thank God, Israeli forces are respecting that parish,” he said.