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Macron in Israel: The first goal must be “the release of all the hostages” of Hamas


Jerusalem, Oct 24 (EFE).- The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, stated this Tuesday in Israel that the release of all the hostages captured by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas during the attack on Israeli territory on October 7 is a priority.

“The first objective we should have today is the release of all hostages, without distinction. It is a horrible crime to play with the lives of children, adults, the elderly, civilians and soldiers,” said the French president during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart. , Isaac Herzog, to whom he expressed his “support and solidarity.”

According to the Government of Israel, 22 French people were killed and three others remain missing after the Hamas attack against Israel on October 7, where at least 1,400 people died and more than 220 were kidnapped and taken to Gaza.

“I want you to be sure that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you and your nation and we will do everything we can to restore peace, security and stability for your country and the entire region,” Macron assured Herzog, in a warning to militias across the region against their involvement in the escalation, especially the Shiite group Hezbollah, which has increased its attacks from southern Lebanon against northern Israel.

“We are following the situation in Lebanon very closely, I think Hezbollah is playing with fire, I think the evil empire of Iran is back and operating through them to destabilize the Middle East and the region,” Herzog said in this regard.

“We are not seeking a confrontation on the northern border or with anyone else, we are focused on destroying Hamas’ infrastructure and bringing our citizens home, but if Hezbollah drags us into war, it must be clear that Lebanon will pay the price.” price,” warned the Israeli president.

France seeks to avoid an extension of the war, and for this reason Macron pointed out in a recent telephone conversation with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi that the Shiite militia Hezbollah “should not enter” the conflict and asked that Iran “stay out of it.” “.

Macron arrived in Tel Aviv in the morning with the aim of de-escalating the escalation, which has left more than 5,200 dead in the Gaza Strip, the vast majority civilians, due to Israel’s intense bombings; while more than 1,400 people died on the Israeli side, most of them civilians on October 7, the day of the Hamas attack.

Macron seeks a “humanitarian pause” in the conflict, which would allow international aid to enter Gaza, which in turn would help the release of the hostages and relaunch a “political perspective,” according to French sources.

In this perspective, Paris wants to once again involve the actors in the region in the search for a security and peace formula that satisfies the needs of each one, including the creation of the Palestinian State.

On his tour, the French president will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opposition leaders and relatives of the victims of the Hamas attack.

On the other hand, the French president will meet with the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who governs limited areas of the occupied West Bank, another area where violence has increased as a result of the war with Hamas.

“We have a lot to do together, what happened will never be forgotten,” Macron stressed in Israel.

Jerusalem, Oct 24 (EFE).- The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, arrived in Tel Aviv this Tuesday to make an official visit to Israel in the midst of the war against the Islamist group Hamas, with the aim of reducing the escalation that has left more than 1,400 dead in Israel and more than 5,200 in the Gaza Strip.

The French president will meet with his Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opposition leaders and relatives of the victims of the Hamas attack, to show their solidarity.

Macron is already in Tel Aviv and his agenda “will begin in the next few hours,” a spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry told EFE, without giving more details.

Emmanuel Macron intends to “continue mobilization to avoid a dangerous escalation in the region,” particularly on Israel’s northern border, with the powerful Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement, supported by Iran, indicates the French press, citing official sources.

In addition, the head of state will advocate for the well-being and security of civilians and will propose relaunching an “authentic peace process” for the creation of a Palestinian State, in exchange for the commitment of the countries in the region to “the security of Israel.” ”, according to French media.

It is not ruled out that Macron will meet with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who governs limited areas of the occupied West Bank, as well as with other leaders of Arab countries.

According to the Israeli Government, 22 French people were murdered and three others remain missing after the surprise attack by Hamas against Israel on October 7, which included the launching of rockets and the simultaneous infiltration of militiamen who tortured and massacred more than a thousand inhabitants. from the villages surrounding the Gaza Strip and kidnapped more than 200 people.

Since then, Israel declared war and has killed more than 1,200 militiamen in Israeli territory and its Army carries out constant and powerful bombings on the Strip, which have left more than 5,200 dead, 70% of them children, women and the elderly.

At the same time, the exchange of fire between Israel and militias in southern Lebanon intensified, and violence increased in the occupied West Bank, where at least 95 Palestinians have died in the 18 days of war.

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