Emmanuel Macron condemns the attacks on Israel and calls for peace negotiations

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned rocket attacks on Israel in a conversation with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, calling for calm, the Elysée Palace said, adding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “unavailable” for a discussion. .

Speaking to Mahmoud Abbas, President Emmanuel Macron “strongly condemned the rocket attacks claimed by Hamas and other terrorist groups,” which “seriously endanger the population of Tel Aviv and affect the security of the state of Israel,” the French presidency said, according to Agence France -Press and the daily Le Figaro.

Emmanuel Macron conveyed condolences for “the numerous losses among Palestinian civilians following military operations and military confrontations with Israel” and urged Mahmoud Abbas to use “all means of influence to restore calm as soon as possible,” the Elysée Palace said.

“Concerned about the escalation of violence in the Middle East, the President of the Republic is determined to work with all parties to end the violence. The priorities are a return to calm and peace,” the French presidency said.

Emmanuel Macron will also discuss with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “unavailable today for a telephone conversation,” and will be in contact “with France’s main partners in the Middle East,” mainly with Egyptian President Abdelfattah Sissi. ” whose mediation is fully supported “. “The President of the Republic will convey to all parties the urgency of returning to peace, the decisive relaunch of the negotiations necessary for the establishment of a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and will express France’s willingness to contribute to this by respecting each other’s legitimate aspirations.” The Elysée Palace.

Islamist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched about 200 missiles at Israel on Thursday, targeting the cities of Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Beersheba and Eilat. In the last three days, more than 1,600 missiles have been launched on Israeli territory. The death toll in Israel is seven dead and more than 150 injured.

The Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip has left 87 dead and 530 wounded, and according to some sources, the Israeli army is preparing a ground operation in the Palestinian territory under the control of the Islamist organization Hamas.

AFP


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