published : 2023-10-14

Vatican Offers to Mediate Israel-Gaza Conflict and Negotiate Hostage Release

The Vatican, known for its global peace advocacy, steps in as a mediator

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The Vatican has offered itself as a mediator for peace negotiations between Israel and Gaza, as well as for the release of hostages.

Secretary of State Pietro Parolin expressed the Catholic Church's primary concerns of securing the safe return of Israeli hostages and putting an end to the violence.

He emphasized that these issues are at the heart of the conflict created by Hamas's attack and Israel's response.

The Vatican, led by Pope Francis, has been actively involved in international peace initiatives and had previously offered assistance in resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi was appointed as the Holy See's advocate for peace between Russia and Ukraine earlier this year.

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In an interview, Secretary of State Parolin stated that the Holy See is ready for any necessary mediation and that they are making use of existing channels.

However, he highlighted that the complexity of the conflict, including the issue of Israeli settlements, security concerns, and the status of Jerusalem, must be taken into account.

Parolin stressed the importance of reason, rejecting violence, and finding a peaceful solution while acknowledging Israel's right to defend itself with proportional measures.

Echoing Pope Francis's statements, Parolin expressed concern for the victims and families affected by the ongoing violence, urging the release of hostages and immediate dialogue.

The conflict between Israel and Gaza has resulted in a significant number of casualties on both sides.

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According to the Palestinian health ministry, 2,125 Palestinians have been killed, and another 8,714 wounded in Israeli airstrikes since the war broke out.

The Israeli military has also reported casualties, with around 1,300 Israelis killed in Hamas's surprise attack, while many others have been wounded or taken hostage.

The Vatican's involvement as a mediator in this conflict aims to prevent further bloodshed and bring about a sustainable peace agreement.