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France: Macron expresses ‘solidarity with Israel’ amid Iran tensions

AA / Paris / Ümit Dönmez

French President Emmanuel Macron had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, April 22, Elize reports. The interview was dominated by recent developments in the Middle East and increasing tensions with Iran.

According to the Elysée, the French head of state expressed “solidarity with Israel” following Iran’s April 13-14 attack in response to a deadly bombing attributed to Israel against an Iranian diplomatic mission in Syria days earlier. .

Iran’s attack on Israel, using several hundred air vectors, was repelled, especially with the help of Israel’s allies, especially the United States and European countries. The French head of state reiterated France’s “commitment to Israel’s security”.

Macron also spoke about the risks of military escalation in the region and stressed the importance of restraint to prevent widespread conflagration. “The head of state recalled that this unacceptable attack by Iran poses a risk of general military escalation and emphasized the need to avoid conflagration in the region and calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint.”

He expressed France’s desire to “work with its partners to prevent this escalation” and expressed its determination to “reinforce measures to confront Iran’s destabilizing actions.” In particular, he noted France’s efforts, in coordination with international partners, “to work towards de-escalation along the blue line between Israel and Lebanon.” In addition, Macron called on all parties to abide by “UN Security Council Resolution 1701”. The resolution, which dates back to 2006, calls for a complete cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, the Lebanese political and military group.

Faced with an “absolute humanitarian emergency in Gaza,” where the civilian situation has been “unacceptable for a long time,” the French president called for an “immediate and lasting ceasefire” and reiterated his “firm opposition to Israel’s attack on the Rafah. warning that this would only worsen the already precarious situation in Gaza and increase the risk of escalation. He insisted on the “absolute urgency to allow the massive entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through all access points” and stressed the “importance of the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages”.

Finally, Macron reiterated the need to progress towards a “two-state solution” as “the only way to guarantee lasting peace in the region”. He “strongly condemned the escalation of violence and attacks by settlers in the West Bank” and called on the Israeli authorities to stop these actions. He noted that “population expansion is a violation of international law and hinders the prospect of peace based on a two-state solution” and that it must stop.

Let us remind you that last Thursday, France supported the Algerian draft resolution recommending the admission of the Palestinian state to the United Nations (UN) as a full member state, at the session of the UN Security Council.

Although the Algerian resolution received 12 votes (out of 15) in its favor – including France – the United States, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, vetoed the draft resolution submitted by Algeria, preventing the recognition of a full Palestinian state. Two countries, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, abstained.

Since October 2023, Israel has continued its indiscriminate bombing of the Gaza Strip, while international attention has recently focused on the conflict between Tel Aviv and Tehran.

For more than six months, Israel has been waging a devastating war in the Palestinian enclave that has killed tens of thousands of civilians, most of them children and women, in addition to an unprecedented humanitarian disaster and massive destruction of infrastructure.

Due to the war and Israeli restrictions, the people of Gaza, especially in the Gaza Strip and the north of the Palestinian enclave, are on the brink of starvation, and severe shortages of food, water, medicine and fuel plague the area. A total siege imposed by Israel.

The conflict has led to the displacement of approximately two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli blockade for 17 years.

It will be recalled that the State of Israel is being prosecuted for the crime of genocide for the first time since its establishment in 1948 before the highest judicial body of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for his murder. Gaza Strip. The judgment handed down by the ICJ on January 26 ordered Tel Aviv to prevent acts that could be considered genocide and to take measures to guarantee the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza.

Source: AA

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