Macron Calls for Two-State Solution Between Israel and Palestine

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

"France and Europe have to get to grips with the question", former ambassador Barnavi said.

"Recently we have witnessed a rise of extremist forces that seek to destroy not only the Jews, but of course the Jewish state as well, but well beyond that", he said. The Jewish community must know that we, the veterans, did not abandon them.

"Two days ago in Nice, you said that this was a war of civilizations".

"Your struggle against militants Islam is our struggle", he said.

He remarked that Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy sought to build good ties with the Israeli premier, "but they quickly failed".

The Israeli leader's last visit to France was to attend a march held in solidarity with the victims of the January 2015 terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

The French leader met Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday, when he said he backed a two-state solution and opposed Israeli settlements.

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Trump seemed to back away from Washington's longstanding commitment to a two-state solution, but he called on both sides to make compromises during a visit to the region in May. Less than a hundred of those arrested in the raid would survive the Holocaust.

In Budapest, Netanyahu is expected to meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose government has been criticized for not dealing sufficiently with anti-Semitism in Hungary. Jacques Chirac had recognized French responsibility in July 1995, a position since taken up by his successors.

"It was indeed France that organized the roundup, the deportation, and thus, for nearly all, death", he added. "Yet we must say, and we heard it today as well, we must say that not all was dark".

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced France's collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out Sunday at those who negate or minimize the country's role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths.

More than 13,000 Jews - 4,000 believed to be children - were arrested by French police in July 1942.

Similarly with Putin, whom Macron hosted at the sumptuous Versailles palace in May, the French leader stood firm on French opposition to Russia's annexation of Ukraine in 2014. "Admittedly Vichy was not all of the French", he said, "but it was the government and the administration of France".

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