French President calls for ceasefire after attack

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Published: 2024-05-27 16:13

Last Updated: 2024-06-16 22:14


Editor: Mohammad Alakaileh

The French President, Emmanuel Macron
The French President, Emmanuel Macron

The French President Emmanuel Macron recently called for an immediate ceasefire following the Israeli strikes on Rafah that killed many of the displaced.

Macron tweeted on May 27th, expressing his outrage at the attacks and demanding an end to the operations, emphasizing that there were no safe areas for Palestinian civilians in Rafah. He urged for full respect for international law and an immediate halt to the violence, saying,

"Outraged by the Israeli strikes that have killed many displaced persons in Rafah. These operations must stop. There are no safe areas in Rafah for Palestinian civilians. I call for full respect for international law and an immediate ceasefire."

In October, Macron joined other world leaders in a joint statement supporting "Israel" and condemning Hamas' actions. He emphasized that their countries would support "Israel" in "defending itself" against the attacks and stressed that the terrorist actions of Hamas had no justification. Macron's stance at that time was clear: solidarity with "Israel" and a firm stance against Hamas.

"We express our steadfast and united support to the State of Israel, and our unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and its appalling acts of terrorism," he tweeted. "Our countries will support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities."

In March, Macron had shown a different tone when he expressed indignation over the targeting of civilians in Gaza by Israeli soldiers. He called for truth, justice, and respect for international law, condemning the shootings strongly, stating, "Deep indignation at the images coming from Gaza where civilians have been targeted by Israeli soldiers. I express my strongest condemnation of these shootings and call for truth, justice, and respect for international law."

However, his consistent support for “Israel” in October contrasted sharply with his recent call for a ceasefire. "Germany and France stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people in this tragic moment. The fight against terrorism is a common cause that we will continue to pursue together with Israel and all our allies and partners," he tweeted on October 9th.

While he previously stood firmly with the Israeli Occupation, his recent statements reflect growing concern over the humanitarian impact of the war on Palestinian civilians. Macron's evolving position either underscores the tension between supporting “Israel's” security and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, or is it a response to the escalating pressure from the rapidly growing pro-Palestine countries?