France urges for continuing Israel-Palestine peace talks

Posted July 18, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyah opposes the ceasefire agreement in Southern Syria reached between the US and Russian Federation - which affects areas near the Golan - that went into effect last week, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Macron's office said he is concerned about Israel's security but also about growing Jewish settlement building, and anxious that Netanyahu is backing away from commitment to a two-state solution. However, it is not yet clear if Macron will follow the more interventionist line taken by his predecessor Francois Hollande, whose efforts to mobilize the worldwide community on the question angered Israel.

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.

Since then, all attempts to revive negotiations have failed, due mainly to Israel's insistence on continuing settlement construction on occupied Arab land. The Israeli Prime Minister stands accused of violating global law by setting up a blockade in Gaza and planting Israeli settlements on the Palestinian West Bank.

He was speaking at an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Vel D'Hiv raid during the Second World War, where French police under the Vichy government collaborated with the Nazis to round up tens of thousands of Jews. His embrace of a government seen by many as peddling in anti-Semitism has been the subject of much controversy in recent days.On Tuesday morning, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will welcome Netanyahu at the parliament in Budapest.

Netanyahu's presence at the ceremony sparked controversy, with the Union of French Jews for Peace (UJFP) calling the invitation "shocking" and "unacceptable".

Macron addressed Netanyahu as "dear Bibi" and called "anti-Zionism" a new form of anti-Semitism.

During their talks afterwards, Macron assured Netanyahu of his "vigilance" regarding the 2015 nuclear accord reached by Western powers with Israel's arch-enemy Iran.

Addressing the French president, Netanyahu said: "You spoke two days ago in the city of Nice about the Crusades and you are honest in what you said".

The ceasefire was brokered during the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month.

In France in 2012, terrorists attacked a Jewish day school in Toulouse, killing four people, including three children. That kind of Jewish "leadership" can only accelerate the departure of French Jews.

Israel, Netanyahu said is merely the first Western target that stands in their way.