The French President warned against the embassy’s move to Gaza, and the UN Secretary-General calls for both sides to deescalate violence
French President Emmanuel Macron welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump to the Bastille Day Parade in Paris Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Defense/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro
After the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, protests erupted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in opposition to the move advocated by President Donald Trump. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office released a statement late Monday condemning the use of violence by Israel’s security and military forces against protestors. The President’s office reiterated France’s opposition to the move, as Macron has argued it would complicate the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
The statement also said that President Macron spoke to King Abdullah of Jordan and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, and plans to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. Macron had repeatedly engaged President Donald Trump regarding the embassy’s move, and the statement released today reaffirms Macron’s stance towards negotiations.
Reports from Gaza indicated dozens of protestors had been killed, and a statement from the UN Secretary-General urged Israeli security forces to use “maximum restraint in the use of live fire.” Additionally, the statement asked the leaders of the protests to prevent violence from occurring. The developments surrounding the embassy’s move have resulted in increased tension between Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but the United States and Israel have firmly placed the blame in Hamas’s hand.