France's Macron shares Israel's concerns about Lebanon's Hezbollah
Jul 18 2017
Netanyahu, who was in France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Jews being rounded up in Paris, delivered his remarks after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron condemned the terror attack last Friday in which two Israeli police officers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City lost their lives. In April, Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front leader whom Mr. Macron defeated in a May runoff election, declared that "France was not responsible for the Vel d'Hiv", denying French responsibility and setting off a furor.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of the long-stalled Middle East peace talks based on a two-state solution.
Netanyahu is now in France to commemorate the victims of a mass arrest of Jews in Nazi-occupied France in 1942. Macron said that we must not give up everything that promotes humanity, such as receiving refugees and fighting global warming.
Ending decades of equivocation, President Jacques Chirac formally admitted France's collective responsibility for wartime crimes, declaring in 1995: "the criminal folly of the occupiers was seconded by the French, by the French state".
It remains unclear, however, whether Macron will follow the more interventionist approach taken by his predecessor Francois Hollande, whose efforts to mobilize the global community on the question infuriated Israel.
Pro-Palestinian and other activists protested Mr Netanyahu's appearance in Paris, criticising Jewish settlement policy and the blockade of Gaza.
At the end of the ceremony, Macron and Netanyahu went to the presidential palace in Paris to talk about Syria and Iran as well as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The prime minister also denounced the global threat of "militant Islam", saying, "Two days ago in Nice, you said that this was a war of civilizations". The French leader repeated his criticism of the expansion of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, which he described as potential obstacles to peace.