The president of France recently announced a planned visit to Israel, where he said he will promote an agenda that both seeks a “two-state solution” and attempts to fight terror.
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced he would visit Israel during a Middle East tour this spring. Macron also plans to make stops in Lebanon and Jordan, in addition to meeting with representatives of the Palestinian Authority. According to Macron, his visit to Israel represents part of France’s commitment to pursuing a “two-state solution” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“It is fundamental that France continues to weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, we will continue our efforts with the UN for a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in security within borders recognized by the international community, with Jerusalem as capital of the two states,” said Macron according to TPS.
Earlier this summer, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu conducted a meeting with Macron in Paris on the heels of an event commemorating the arrest and deportation of Jews in France during World War II.
In the course of announcing the Middle East visit on Tuesday, Macron addressed a group envoys on topics that included Islamic terrorism, which he deemed the top priority for French diplomacy, an unsurprising comment in light of the internal issues plaguing France related to brutal Muslim terror attacks on its citizens.
Notwithstanding Macron’s previous comments regarding France’s commitment to fighting Islamic terror, he claimed there was no viable alternative to maintaining the current nuclear agreement with Iran. With Iran remaining the top state sponsor of terror throughout the world, fighting terror and collaborating with the primary sponsor of terror internationally appear to be mutually exclusive aims, a point Macron did not address.
While Macron claimed that “eradicating terrorism also means draining its funding,” he did not address the glut of financial and military assistance that Iran provides to Islamic terror groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas, which commits attacks in Israel.