Macron calls for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Holocaust service


Macron calls for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Holocaust service

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyah opposes the ceasefire agreement in Southern Syria reached between the USA and Russian Federation - which affects areas near the Golan - that went into effect last week, Israeli media reported Sunday. Among them were Ilan Halimi, a young man who was tortured and killed in 2006; four people killed in 2012 at a Jewish school in southwestern France; and four people slain at a kosher supermarket in Paris in 2015.

Separately, President Macron denounced his country's collaboration in the Holocaust, attacking those who still downplay the French role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths.

It is the first time an Israeli leader has attended the ceremony, and Mr Netanyahu called Mr Macron's invitation a "very, very strong gesture". Macron said that we must not give up everything that promotes humanity, such as receiving refugees and fighting global warming. He said that anti-Zionism was a "reinvented form of anti-Semitism", a remark that brought praise from Netanyahu.

Macron insisted that "it was indeed France that organised this".

French Jewish leaders hailed Macron's speech Sunday - even as critics railed at him online, where anti-Semitism has flourished. "The zealots of militant Islam, who seek to destroy you, seek to destroy us as well".

Netanyahu and Macron were due to hold face to face talks at the Élysée Palace, where French media said they would discuss Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "France, on that day, committed the irreparable". Macron chided Netanyahu over Israeli settlements.

"We called for this protest and we protest President Macron's invitation to Netanyahu and his rolling out of the red carpet to a criminal, a torturer - the torture of men and children exists - to a land thief, to someone who does not respect global law or human rights, which is embarrassing", she said. The Community Party claimed the Israeli prime minister was hardly a bearer of a "message of peace", claiming Israel is guilty of human rights abuses against citizens of the Palestinian Authority.

Pro-Palestinian and other activists protested Netanyahu's appearance in Paris, criticizing the settlements and the blockade of Gaza.



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