December 7, 2023

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

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

Throughout his state go to to Switzerland, Macron was questioned by a journalist on rising considerations over the Israel-Hamas battle in addition to France’s place on the scenario 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 in recent times, together with when others typically modified their place, modified the capital that they acknowledged for Israel or deserted the two-state resolution. We’ve by no means given in to such calls, by no means.

“I imagine that our response is full, according to France’s custom, and is a universalist and humanist place, looking 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 reside in peace and safety within the area.

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

When questioned about France’s stance on the scenario at Al-Shifa Hospital, Macron acknowledged: “We condemn all bombardment of civilians within the strongest phrases, and notably civilian infrastructure that have to be protected beneath worldwide legislation and humanitarian legislation. Not solely buildings but in addition the individuals 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 reliable,” Macron mentioned.

Based on AFP, tons of of individuals fled on foot Saturday after the Israeli army ordered the evacuation of Gaza’s important hospital the place greater than 2,000 sufferers, medics, and displaced individuals had been trapped.

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

Macron mentioned: “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 instances and might say it once more at this time,” he careworn.

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

“Preventing the financing of Hamas, preventing the financing of neighboring terrorist teams, structuring regional and worldwide work in opposition to terrorist teams which may threaten the safety of Israel and consequently our personal safety within the area. And doing so on the idea of present 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 had been recognized, resulting in a name for a humanitarian truce which was to result in a ceasefire which we supported,” Macron mentioned.

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 method to offer an outlet for the Palestinian situation and which, in a method, will stop too many voters from neighboring nations, who help the Palestinian situation, from considering that since there is no such thing as a political resolution, violence may acquire some legitimacy.”

Macron careworn: “Violence has by no means held any legitimacy, and political channels exist. That’s France’s place. It’s the identical as all the time. It’s true that relying on every scenario and viewers, the emphasis is positioned on completely different factors.”

The French president mentioned 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 mild of the disaster, you will need to stay in touch with all governments within the area, to clarify our place to them, improve cooperation and supply them with concrete help in all areas.”

Macron mentioned France’s precedence at this time is “to hitch the decision to free all hostages, however naturally, French or binational hostages specifically who’re at present being held by Hamas.

“Their launch have to be unconditional,” he added.

Macron defined that the subject is at present beneath 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 several other different regional leaders.

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

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

Through the press convention, the French president was requested in regards to the rise in antisemitic acts in France and his choice to not participate within the march in opposition to antisemitism on Nov. 13.

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

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

“My position is to work to assist get hold of the discharge of our hostages, which I’ve completed by calling political leaders who’re serving to me to take action in Israel and in Qatar, and my position is to proceed preserving the unity of the nation at the moment, 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 mentioned antisemitism was a forerunner of different types of hate, and careworn the necessity for unity to forestall any spillover of the Israeli-Palestinian battle.