French President Macron meets with Israeli Prime Minister on solidarity visit to Israel: According to an AFP journalist, French President Emmanuel Macron travelled to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, October 24, to declare his nation’s “full solidarity” with Israel in the wake of the horrific strikes carried out by Palestinian militant organisation Hamas on October 7. Enoughinfo.,com
More than two weeks have passed since Hamas terrorists invaded Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing at least 1,400 people—mostly civilians who were shot, disfigured, or set on fire on the first day of the attack, according to Israeli officials—during Netayanhu’s visit.
Thirty French people were among those dead.
Following the incident, Macron is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convey France’s “full solidarity” with Israel, according to the French presidency.
In addition, he is anticipated to demand the “preservation of the civilian population” in Gaza in the midst of Israel’s ceaseless shelling and as it gets ready to invade the heavily populated Palestinian territory on foot.
The health ministry operated by Hamas has released figures showing that over 5,000 individuals have perished during Israel’s assaults, the majority of them being women and children.
According to the Elysee Palace, Macron would specifically demand a “humanitarian truce” to get much-needed aid into Gaza, where 2.4 million people have been largely cut off from power, water, and other necessities due to an Israeli siege.
French President Macron meets with Israeli Prime Minister on solidarity visit to Israel
At 1:00 p.m. (1000 GMT), Macron and Netanyahu were scheduled to conduct a joint press conference.
Along with opposition leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, the French president was scheduled to meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem.
Seven French nationals remain unaccounted for; one of them, a female French national, has been verified as one of the almost 200 individuals Israel claims were kidnapped by Hamas.
Continuing efforts “to avoid a dangerous escalation in the region” is another goal of the French president, according to the Elysee, as concerns over the escalating cross-border interactions between Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and Israel mount.
The Elysee stated that meetings with leaders of the Gulf states, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and President Mahmud Abbas of Palestine are also likely to occur.
Following the October 7 assaults, Israel has already been visited by US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.