April 13, 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirms France’s ‘unwavering’ place on the Israel-Hamas warfare


RIYADH: French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed France’s assist for a two-state resolution supporting the “reputable aspirations of the Palestinian folks” and “Israel’s proper to dwell in peace” throughout a press convention in Bern.


Throughout his state go to to Switzerland, Macron was questioned by a journalist on rising issues over the Israel-Hamas battle in addition to France’s place on the state of affairs at Al-Shifa hospital and antisemitism in France.


“There’ll by no means be safety for Israel except there’s a political outlet for Palestinian motion,” Macron acknowledged.


“That is the place which France has all the time defended, the place that President (Francois) Mitterrand defended on the Knesset in 1982, and the place I’ve defended lately, together with when others typically modified their place, modified the capital that they acknowledged for Israel or deserted the two-state resolution. Now we have by no means given in to such calls, by no means.


“I imagine that our response is full, in step with France’s custom, and is a universalist and humanist place, searching for to defend the steadiness, safety, and a sure lifestyle within the Center East area, and which preserves the unity of our nation,” he added.


In response to the journalist’s phrasing of the query, the French president referred to as for a balanced place within the battle.


“France’s place is obvious. It’s clear as a result of it’s rooted in our historical past, the French custom of our historic dedication to Israel and to by no means compromise on Israel’s proper to dwell in peace and safety within the area.


“France has additionally all the time supported the reputable aspirations of the Palestinian folks and can proceed to work in the direction of a two-state resolution,” Macron added.


When questioned about France’s stance on the state of affairs at Al-Shifa Hospital, Macron acknowledged: “We condemn all bombardment of civilians within the strongest phrases, and significantly civilian infrastructure that should be protected below worldwide regulation and humanitarian regulation. Not solely buildings but additionally the folks caring for sufferers there.


“I ought to recall that dozens of humanitarian personnel have been killed for the reason that starting of the bombardment, together with worldwide civil servants. That’s one more reason this place is completely reputable,” Macron stated.


In accordance with AFP, a whole lot of individuals fled on foot Saturday after the Israeli army ordered the evacuation of Gaza’s primary hospital the place greater than 2,000 sufferers, medics, and displaced folks have been trapped.


On Sunday the Palestinian Pink Crescent evacuated 31 untimely infants from Al-Shifa Hospital.


Macron stated: “We totally condemn Hamas’s terrorist assault on Israel. We absolutely acknowledge Israel’s proper to defend itself and fight terrorism.


“France doesn’t have double requirements. I’ve additionally repeated that many occasions and might say it once more at this time,” he pressured.


“It was due to this that after I traveled to the area, we proposed a peace and safety initiative for everybody. Since then, now we have had a really clear and complete initiative.”


Macron listed the pillars of the peace and safety initiative which embrace combatting terrorism, supporting humanitarian efforts, and the resumption of political work in the direction of an answer.


“Combating the financing of Hamas, combating the financing of neighboring terrorist teams, structuring regional and worldwide work towards terrorist teams which might threaten the safety of Israel and consequently our personal safety within the area. And doing so on the premise of current coalitions”


The second pillar is the humanitarian efforts affirmed by the humanitarian convention on Nov. 9 in Paris, “which introduced collectively many nations and raised €1 billion ($1.093 billion) for the UN company UNRWA on the bottom — some €1.2 million in wants have been recognized, resulting in a name for a humanitarian truce which was to result in a ceasefire which we supported,” Macron stated.


The French president laid out the third pillar of the peace and safety initiative, stating: “We would like this political work to renew instantly as a result of that is the one means to supply an outlet for the Palestinian problem and which, in a means, will stop too many voters from neighboring nations, who assist the Palestinian problem, from considering that since there is no such thing as a political resolution, violence might achieve some legitimacy.”


Macron pressured: “Violence has by no means held any legitimacy, and political channels exist. That’s France’s place. It’s the similar as all the time. It’s true that relying on every state of affairs and viewers, the emphasis is positioned on totally different factors.”


The French president stated that, at his request, the French minister for the Armed Forces is visiting the area, following the go to by the minister for Europe and international affairs.


“In gentle of the disaster, it is very important stay involved with all governments within the area, to elucidate our place to them, improve cooperation and supply them with concrete help in all areas.”


Macron stated France’s precedence at this time is “to affix the decision to free all hostages, however naturally, French or binational hostages particularly who’re presently being held by Hamas.


“Their launch should be unconditional,” he added.


Macron defined that the subject is presently below dialogue, which has led to additional exchanges with members of the federal government and the Israeli president, in addition to with the emir of Qatar and a number of other different regional leaders.


The president prolonged his gratitude to “all pleasant nations that are aiding with these negotiations, significantly Qatar.”


Macron stated that France is “working tirelessly to free our hostages in order that they will return to their family members.”


Throughout the press convention, the French president was requested concerning the rise in antisemitic acts in France and his resolution to not participate within the march towards antisemitism on Nov. 13.


“It’s not the function of a president to attend a march,” he stated, including: “The final time one in every of my predecessors attended a march, it was the day after a terrorist assault, alongside 2 million folks and dozens of heads of state and authorities within the streets of Paris.”


Macron acknowledged that he welcomed the march, nonetheless, and supported its name.


“My function is to work to assist receive the discharge of our hostages, which I’ve carried out by calling political leaders who’re serving to me to take action in Israel and in Qatar, and my function is to proceed preserving the unity of the nation presently, and by no means to foster division.”


Macron reaffirmed France’s place, which was introduced on tv on Oct. 12 following an increase within the variety of antisemitic acts in France after the Oct. 7 Hamas assault and subsequent Israeli army exercise. He stated antisemitism was a forerunner of different types of hate, and pressured the necessity for unity to forestall any spillover of the Israeli-Palestinian battle.