Emmanuel Macron will visit Israel at the start of the week

The French president will visit Israel next Tuesday. This visit comes more than two weeks after Hamas’ deadly incursion into Israeli territory. Seven French people are still missing.

Emmanuel Macron will travel to Tel Aviv on Tuesday to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Elysée announced on Sunday October 22.

The visit of the French head of state comes more than two weeks after the deadly attacks by Palestinian Hamas on Israeli territory, which left more than 1,400 dead, including 30 French nationals. In addition, seven French people are still missing: a young woman has hostage status, and “for the six others there is a presumption of hostage-taking but without certainty”, indicated Emmanuel Macron.

American President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have already visited Israel, as has Italian head of government Giorgia Meloni on Saturday.

Emmanuel Macron for his part repeated on Friday that he would go to the Middle East if he managed to “obtain useful elements” for the region thanks to this trip. He then cited, among these elements, the “security of Israel”, the “fight against terrorist groups”, the non-escalation of the conflict and the resumption of a “political process” towards a two-state solution, Israeli and Palestinian.

The French president expressed unfailing support for the Israelis, their “right to defend themselves”, but also called for a “targeted” Israeli response against Hamas in Gaza in order to “spare” Palestinian civilians.

Joe Biden discussed the war between Hamas and Israel on the phone on Sunday with Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Justin Trudeau, Olaf Scholz, Giorgia Meloni and Rishi Sunak.

This article is originally published on capital.fr

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.