French President Macron disapproves Trump's 'anti-peace' Jerusalem move
Macron met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday and urged him to freeze settlement building and initiate confidence building measures with regard to the Palestinian authority saying POTUS decision was 'unilateral'.
Detailing the discussion in front of newsmen, he had with the visiting Israel's dignitary, Macron pointed to the necessity that Tel Aviv freezes settlements to send message of confidence to Palestinians in a bid to resume talks and 'break the current stalemate.'
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French President Emmanuel Macron told Benjamin Netanyahu to give the peace process in the Middle East a chance by taking 'courageous gestures' toward Palestinians to end the deadlock.
'France remains convinced that the only solution is to allow the establishment of two states living side by side in peace and that this can emerge through negotiation,' said Macron in a joint press talk alongside Israel's premier.
The French president said he wants to wait for a potential US arbitration in future and would only support an initiative that would be acceptable by Israelis, Palestinians and other parties in the region.
Israeli PM's Press Talk
'Peace (talks) will progress if the Palestinians recognize the reality of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The most important thing about peace is first of all to recognize that the other side has a right to exist. If Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants peace, then he comes and sits down and negotiates with Israel,' he declared.
'Paris is the capital of France. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It’s been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years; it’s been the capital of the State of Israel for 70 years,' Netanyahu said and reminded that Israel respected French history and choices and being a friend, expected reciprocity.
Netanyahu also expressed dismay over remarks of Turkish President adding that he would not take any lectures from Tayyip Erdogan, who censured Israel over the weekend.
'Mr Erdogan has attacked Israel. I’m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people,' Netanyahu said.
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