VIDEO - The Israeli prime minister was received at the Elysee Palace for a "working lunch". In a joint address, the two leaders noted their differences over the unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by Donald Trump.
"A brave gesture towards the Palestinians". This is Emmanuel Macron's request to Benyamin Netanyahu this Sunday afternoon. The Israeli prime minister was received at the Elysee Palace for a "working lunch". A timely visit, with Jerusalem at the center of attention, since Donald Trump decided to unilaterally recognize the holy city as the capital of the Jewish state.
"Paris is the capital of France. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3000 years. "
In a joint address, the two heads of state praised "the singular relationship" between France and Israel. But very quickly, they took note of their differences on Jerusalem.
Emmanuel Macron again condemned Washington's decision, "not in accordance with international law" and which "does not favor the security of Israel". He then recalled the position of France in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: that of a solution "two countries, living side by side in peace." A position to which the representative of the Jewish state reacted strongly: "We are partners, we share so many objectives, values. But we do not agree on everything. Not yet ... "Before declaring:" Paris is the capital of France. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for more than 3,000 years. (...) Jerusalem is our capital and not that of another people. "
After condemning "all forms of attacks" against Israel, Emmanuel Macron asked his counterpart "a brave gesture towards the Palestinians" to "break the current stalemate," including a reference to a "settlement freeze." To which Benyamin Netanyahu replied: "I have always suggested to Mahmoud Abbas to come and sit down at my table and discuss." The Israeli prime minister then attacked Iran at length and Turkish President Erdogan, accused of help the terrorists. "I do not have any morality lessons to receive from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in Turkey, who jails journalists, helps Iran bypass international sanctions and helps terrorists, especially in Gaza," he said. Netanyahu, asked about Erdogan's statement that earlier in the day had called Israel "a terrorist state" that "kills children".
The two men have also announced their attention to "deepen" their links "in economic, technological and cultural," while displaying their willingness to increase their "fight against barbarism" terrorist. They also discussed the situation in Syria and Lebanon.
This was the second visit to France by the Israeli prime minister since the election of Macron. He had already been invited to Paris last July for commemorate the raid of Vel d'Hiv. The meeting of this Sunday had been announced on November 19th, while the two leaders had talked by phone about the crisis in Lebanon. But regional tensions eclipsed the situation in Beirut.
On Sunday again, an Israeli security officer was stabbed by a Palestinian in Jerusalem. Violence erupted in Beirut on the sidelines of a protest against American recognition of the holy city as the capital of Israel. Since Thursday, four Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, two in clashes with soldiers and two members of the Islamist Hamas movement in Israeli airstrikes in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.
The Arab League has asked Washington to reconsider its decision when Fatah called for protests.
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Friday, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had said that France "could not act alone" to resolve the crisis. On Saturday, Emmanuel Macron went in the same direction, asking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "contribute to the appeasement" between Israel and the Palestinians. In a telephone interview, he asked his counterpart "to avoid negative repercussions throughout the region".
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