November 21, 2012. (Romereports.com)
During Wednesday's general audience, Benedict XVI said he was concerned about the recent escalation of violence in the Middle East. In light of the most recent tensions between Israel and Palestine
, the Pope said that hatred and violence are not the answer, since in the end, they don't solve problems. In his appeal for peace, the Pope called on politicians to find a feasible solution that is agreed upon by all those affected.
SEE FULL TEXT OF THE APPEAL:
“I am following with great concern the escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Along with my prayerful recollection of the victims and for all those who are suffering, I feel the duty to reiterate once again that hatred and violence are not the solution to problems.
I also encourage the initiatives and efforts of those who are trying to obtain a ceasefire and to promote negotiations.
I also urge the authorities of both Parties to take courageous decisions in favour of peace and put an end to a conflict with negative repercussions throughout the entire Middle East region, which is troubled by too many conflicts and is in need of peace and reconciliation.”