Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Netanyahu Meets Macron to Test French Stance on Palestinian-Israeli Conflict - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

Paris – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to hold talks on Sunday with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, marking the first time the two officials meet.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the Israeli to PM to test the role that Paris is seeking to play in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

French expert on the Palestinian cause Jean-Paul Chagnollaud said that “France’s stance is still somewhat vague on the matter.”

After hosting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Elysee Palace earlier this month, Macron had voiced his support for the two-state solution.

He had also condemned Israeli settlements.

These stances are traditional of the French foreign policy and therefore they did not reveal whether Paris is seeking to revive the French initiative that was made by former President Francois Hollande.

The proposal calls for an international effort to resolve the conflict. He had organized in January 2017 an international conference on the Middle East, which had angered Israel at the time.

Chagnollaud said: “Netanyahu is a fierce politician and he wants to make sure that France will not meddle any more than that.”

He remarked that Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy sought to build good ties with the Israeli premier, “but they quickly failed.”

Palestinian-Israeli negotiations had come to a halt in 2014 and they have not been resumed since.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube