No one can tell exactly when the conflict between the Palestinian Arabs and the Israeli Jews started.

Same way no one knows when the Christ will return on the day of rapture.

But it did worsen after the creation of an independent state of Israel in 1948.

Since then, it’s been tales of tears and blood as the region reeled from one conflict to another.

Now, one of the world’s most influential religious leaders, the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis is advancing a solution to the longstanding conflict.

Francis believes a two-state solution could solve the problem in the region once and for all.

He used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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This comes after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Francis spoke of the Middle East conflict and other world flashpoints in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) address, four days after more than 120 countries backed a U.N. resolution urging the United States to reverse its decision on Jerusalem.

“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders,” he said, referring to the Israelis and Palestinians.

“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” he said in his address, delivered from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to tens of thousands of people.

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