Five days after the Hamas attack in Israel and a few hours after receiving the French political parties, Emmanuel Macron spoke on television on Thursday to discuss the war in Israel against Hamas. The head of state called on the French to remain “united” and condemned Hamas’ “unleashing of absolute cruelty” against the Jewish state.
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“Nothing can justify terrorism, (…) there can never be a ‘yes, but'”, affirmed Emmanuel Macron, Thursday October 12, during his speech to the French. He also deplored “an unleashing of absolute cruelty” by Hamas against Israel.
In search of “unity of the Nation” in the face of the risks of tensions in France, he called on the French to “stay united”. “I ask you this evening, let us remain united, united for ourselves, united to carry together a message of peace and security for the Middle East,” declared the French president, promising that the State would be “ruthless with all the bearers of hatred.
Emmanuel Macron also condemned the “unleashing of absolute cruelty” by Hamas against Israel. “Israel experienced the most tragic terrorist attack in its history on Saturday. An entire country was surprised at dawn by gunfire and an invasion as sudden as it was bloody. Hundreds of infants, children, women and “men were hunted down, kidnapped, murdered, taken hostage. Kibbutz massacres. Entire villages decimated. Blind murderous hatred”, listed the head of state.
The French president also recalled that Israel had the right to defend itself by eliminating terrorist groups, including Hamas, through targeted actions but by preserving civilian populations, because that is the duty of democracy. – he insisted. He urged Israel to a “strong” but “just” response. “The only response to terrorism, the only possible one, is always a strong and just response, strong because it is just.” “Israel has the right to to defend oneself.
The tenant of the Élysée finally assured the Jewish community that the Republic would be there to “protect” it. “Our first duty is to ensure their security and that of all our fellow citizens on national soil and to not allow any anti-Semitic words, acts or stigmatization to flourish,” he continued. “Those who confuse the Palestinian cause and the justification for terrorism are committing a moral, political and strategic mistake,” he stressed.
Earlier in the day, opponents and allies of the head of state were received for more than two hours at the Élysée for a closed-door discussion on the situation in the Middle East, where the toll of French victims of attack launched on Saturday by the Palestinian Islamist movement further increased to 13 dead.
The coordinator of LFI, Manuel Bompard, considered it “unacceptable” that Emmanuel Macron did not “clearly” condemn the Israeli response to Gaza. “I find it unacceptable that the President of the Republic did not have a clear condemnation against the ongoing acts by the Israeli army against the Gaza Strip which are contrary to international law,” he declared to the National Assembly. “When we are committed to respecting international law we do not accept or give a country the right to kill,” added the Insoumis leader, referring to the “total siege” of a “territory of 360 km2” in which “2.3 million people are locked up and subjected to bombings every 30 seconds”