The Pope who is currently in Egypt called for renewed diplomacy using third-party intermediaries and for the United Nations to take a lead role in de-escalating tensions. He said,
‘the situation has heated up too much. I always appeal for a solution through diplomatic means. It’s piecemeal but the pieces are getting larger, and are concentrated in places which were already hot. Today a wider war would destroy, I won’t say half of humanity, but a large part of humanity and culture. It would be terrible. I don’t think humanity today could bear it.Diplomacy is the best response in these times’.