Shift in France's Diplomacy: Emmanuel Macron's Change of Tone Towards Israel

Macron's comments show growing impatience among Western leaders

by Sead Dedovic
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Shift in France's Diplomacy: Emmanuel Macron's Change of Tone Towards Israel
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Emmanuel Macron has suggested a change in France's position, indicating that recognizing a Palestinian state is no longer considered taboo. He mentioned that if efforts for a two-state solution face opposition from Israel, France might decide to make the recognition. While this unilateral recognition may not have a significant impact on the situation, it carries symbolic and diplomatic importance. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes Palestinian sovereignty, emphasizing complete Israeli security control. Macron's comments show growing impatience among Western leaders, particularly with the rising casualties in Gaza. Macron urges addressing Palestinian aspirations and acknowledges Israel's historical challenges, calling for a departure from chaos. 

This represents a shift from France's previous diplomatic stance. Macron's remarks likely aim to increase pressure on Israel and Netanyahu in response to the ongoing conflict dynamics. We will see if the French leader will influence specific decisions with his actions. Hopeful.

It is clear that there are significant political events in the world that could change the planet's history. Conflicts in Eastern Europe between Ukraine and Russia, as well as conflicts in the Middle East, contribute to the growing pessimism. 

The political stances of world leaders are changing rapidly, making it challenging to understand the intentions of certain individuals. In an atmosphere of massive divisions among global leaders, peace seems to be the least expected. 

Few are willing to publicly and sincerely express their views and take sides in a war. The top priority should be the establishment of peace, but without initiatives from all parties, the chances of achieving peace are slim. 

It will be interesting to observe the relationship between Israel and France, as well as Israel and other countries worldwide. It is difficult to say that Israelis have significant support after everything.

The Israelis have emphasized multiple times that their primary goal is to destroy Hamas. They are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve this objective, aware that it won't be easy. However, world leaders, in this case, Joe Biden, have stressed the importance of understanding Israel's goals while crucially achieving them without civilian casualties. Biden aims for the safety of civilians. Given the significant number of civilian casualties, global organizations urge Israel to halt its actions and carefully consider potential consequences. Some believe that Hamas does not have malicious intentions and that they are not a terrorist organization.

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths: Hamas isn't a terrorist organization

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths stated in an interview that he does not consider Hamas a terrorist organization. He highlighted the challenges of removing groups like Hamas without a mutually agreed solution. Griffiths expressed concerns about the UN's difficulty in delivering aid to Gaza, citing the lack of safe evacuation options for Palestinians due to Israeli operations in Rafah.  The Palestinian population residing there emphasizes that the living conditions are catastrophic. Palestinians require food, water, and basic medical necessities. Living in conditions unworthy of human beings is indeed hard.

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He also mentioned his worries about Israel's actions in Rafah. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz criticized Griffiths, stating that the UN reaches a new low every day and vowed to remove Hamas with or without their involvement.

The Israelis are disappointed with the stance of certain world leaders and heads of various organizations. Given that they had support from many, it seems that the majority is slowly changing their stance towards Israel. The main reason for this is the significant number of civilian casualties.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah announced in its daily update on Monday that at least 22,835 people have been killed in the besieged enclave since the beginning of the war.

The daily update from the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah on Monday reported that the death toll in the besieged enclave has reached at least 22,835 since the start of the conflict.

This is a red alert for world leaders to carefully consider what actions they can take to prevent further civilian casualties. Such data is truly alarming and speaks to the brutality of war.

More than 70% of the civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip has been severely damaged or destroyed in intense Israeli attacks, as reported by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Thursday. UNRWA shared "shocking visuals" illustrating the "unthinkable devastation in the city of Gaza, including the agency's health center."

The conflict has been ongoing since October 7th. After Hamas's attack, Israel responded with intense strikes. However, the Israeli army has shown brutality and exceeded all limits. Hopefully, this conflict can finally come to an end. It will require the desire and willingness of all parties involved.

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