He wants more help for Gazans. French President Emmanuel Macron insisted on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the opening of a second “crossing point” between Israel and the Gaza Stripin Kerem Shalom, in order to deliver the aid that Palestinian civilians “urgently need”.
The head of UN humanitarian operations spoke on Thursday of “promising signs” of the “soon” opening of this crossing, which would be added to that of Rafah between Egypt and Gaza.
During a telephone interview, “the President of the Republic recalled the need to protect civilians in Gaza and underlined the importance of achieving a lasting ceasefire,” the Élysée also reported. He “also recalled that Israel must take the necessary measures to put an end to the violence committed by settlers against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.”
Calls for a “ceasefire”
Since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on October 7, at least 264 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory, by Israeli forces or settlers, according to a report from the Palestinian Authority.
Emmanuel Macron called last Saturday to “redouble efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire”, after the end of a first truce. He also warned Israel that its objective of a “total destruction of Hamas”, decreed after the unprecedented attack carried out on October 7 by the Islamist organization on Israeli soil, must be “specified” because its accomplishment could require “ ten years” of war.
The French president reiterated “France’s attachment to the security of Israel” and its “solidarity” in “its fight against terrorism”. He also insisted on the “absolute priority” that in his eyes was the release of all the hostages still held by Hamas, including four French nationals.