Macron in Israel. Proposals concerning Hamas and the Palestinians

President Macron met Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel. He proposed a coalition against Hamas and a resumption of the political process with the Palestinians.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. After the politicians’ discussion behind closed doors, a joint press conference was held.

Macron: The right of the Palestinians to have their own state

The French president pointed out that the Palestinian issue must also be taken into account. He said the Israeli side should take into account the Palestinians’ “legitimate right to have a territory and a state in peace and security alongside Israel.”

Referring to Hamas, Macron said the fight against the Palestinian terror group must be ruthless, but not without principles. He therefore called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to respect the laws of war, not to attack civilians in the Gaza Strip and to provide humanitarian aid.

Coalition to fight terrorists?

Macron presented an idea for dealing with Hamas. “I propose to our international partners that we build a regional and international coalition to fight these terrorist groups that threaten us all,” he said, referring to the coalition formed to fight the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria .

Macron also referred to Iran’s policy. There are regular gun battles between the Israeli army and the Lebanese Hezbollah, co-financed by Iran, at the border.

The French president called on authorities in Tehran and allies “not to take ill-considered risks by opening new fronts.”

West: Israel has the right to defend itself

Let us not forget that political leaders from six countries had a telephone conversation on Sunday about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholza, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak issued a joint statement after the meeting.

Politicians emphasized that they support Israel, which has the right to defend itself. They also called on Tel Aviv to respect international humanitarian law and protect the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

They also agreed to continue close diplomatic cooperation, including with key partners in the region, to “prevent the spread of the conflict, maintain stability in the Middle East and achieve a political solution and lasting peace. ”

Western leaders welcomed the arrival of the first humanitarian aid convoys to the Gaza Strip and the release of two hostages by Hamas, while calling for the immediate release of all others.

Hamas attack

Tel Aviv announced the destruction of Hamas after the terrorists attacked a number of Israeli settlements on October 7. They killed about 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and took hostages. The Qassam Brigades (the armed branch of Hamas) simultaneously fired rockets into Israeli territory.

Israeli forces have been carrying out unprecedented shelling on the Gaza Strip for two weeks. The local health ministry reported on Tuesday that the number of deaths exceeded 5,000 and the number of injured exceeded 15,000. Israel’s actions were condemned by the WHO – World Health Organization. The UN also pointed out that Israel’s actions “contrary the laws of war and the fundamental principles of humanity.”

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the continuation of the war and the destruction of Hamas. Washington expressed its full support for Israel. A few days ago, Joe Biden met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. The US president announced an “unprecedented aid package”, but at the same time warned Israel against “an excessive and hasty response to the attacks”.

Journalists asked President Biden on Friday whether Israel should delay a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip until more hostages are released. The US president replied “yes”.

Source: Do Rzeczy