Macron plans to visit Israel next year to promote peace talks

France's president announced that he plans to visit Israel next spring in order to advance the peace process between Jerusalem and Ramallah, according to Reuters. Yesterday, it was reported that Washington is attempting to get Arab leaders to sign an agreement that would bring peace to the region.
Netanyahu and Macron Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

French President Emmanuel Macron will head to Israel next spring in order to promote the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Macron's trip to Israel will be part of a Middle East tour, which will include stops in Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority. The young French president supports a two-state solution and hopes that his trip to the region will help facilitate the end of the conflict.

Yesterday, JOL reported that a senior US official said that Washington is working to persuade Arab leaders to support an agreement that would bring peace to the region. Israeli and US officials said that in the heart of the potential regional agreement is a serious compromise between Israel and the Palestinians. In 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked about some Israeli settlements in the West Bank being part of a future Palestinian state.

However, Netanyahu delivered a speech during an event marking 50 years of Israeli settlements Monday night and vowed not to evacuate any settlements from the West Bank. "Uprooting settlements will not bring about peace," he said. "We came to stay forever. Samaria is the key to our future."

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