The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, addressed the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in his speech to the UN General Assembly.
” How can the crisis between Israel and Palestine be resolved? Well, surely not unilateral initiatives. Neither to trample on the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to legitimize peace, nor to underestimate Israel’s just right to security,” Macron said during his speech.
The French president seemed to allude to the measures taken by the Trump administration in recent months in this regard, such as the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the subsequent transfer of the U.S. embassy to the city, a fact that has alienated the Palestinian Authority from its contacts with the United States.
This break in the diplomatic relationship that has blocked any possibility of talks for a peace plan, has led Trump to take measures against the Palestinians such as cutting funds for UNRWA, the UN agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, and closing the embassy of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, provided they return to the negotiating table.
He noted that there is no “credible alternative” other than a two-state solution, with the two peoples “living side by side in peace and security” with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and a Palestinian state.
“Israel is aware that France has an unwavering friendship with Israel and it is in the name of this friendship that I call for an end to policies that undermine the very possibility of a peace agreement. To continue along this path would be a mistake,” Macron added.
The French leader met last Friday in Paris with his Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as part of the latter’s effort to seek international support to confront the measures that Trump has taken regarding the conflict.
Macron reiterated on that occasion his commitment to the two-state solution and the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and criticized Israel’s policy of building settlements in the West Bank.
According to Abbas after his meeting with Macron, France will study the possibility of recognizing Palestine as a state, since, he said, it is a very important issue for them.