Emmanuel Macron receives Benyamin Netanyahu to speak Iran and Israeli-Palestinian violence

The Israeli government wishes to make Iran the central theme of this visit. He hopes in particular that the growing involvement of Tehran in the war between Russia and Ukraine will push Westerners to accentuate their pressures.

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Emmanuel Macron receives Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Thursday, February 2 in Paris, to discuss in particular the growing tensions with Iran, his involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

“Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will fly to a diplomatic visit to Paris, where he will meet the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and will discuss with him the international effort to stop the Iranian nuclear program and the means of Strengthen and extend the Abraham agreements, “said the Israeli Embassy in Paris.

“The President of the Republic will once again express the solidarity of France with Israel in the face of terrorism, says the Elysée. In a context of increasing tensions, the President of the Republic will recall the need for all D ‘Avoid measures likely to fuel the gear of violence, and will express its availability to contribute to the resumption of dialogue between the Palestinians and the Israelis. “The two leaders will see themselves for dinner, but no public speaking n ‘is planned.

Thursday, January 26, an Israeli raid in the Jénine refugee camp, in the West Bank, left ten dead, an unprecedented record for several years in the West Bank. Seven civilians also died on Friday in a Palestinian attack in East Jerusalem, an occupied sector annexed by Israel. On Saturday, a Palestinian injured two Israelis, a father and his son, also in East Jerusalem, before being injured and arrested. In the West Bank, Israeli guards killed a Palestinian on Sunday and Israeli forces killed a Palestinian on Monday.

The Israeli government wishes to focus the Prime Minister’s visit to Iran, hoping in particular that its growing involvement in the war between Russia and Ukraine – the Mollahs regime is an important supplier of equipment to Russia – Pushes Westerners to accentuate the pressure on Tehran.


Paris considers it necessary to conduct a policy of “very great firmness” with regard to Iran, because its nuclear program remains “dangerous” and that it is involved in the war in Ukraine, it is said of Diplomatic source.

Iran has become an increasingly important actor of the conflict, which he supplies by providing many drones used by Moscow to hit Ukrainian infrastructure, while nuclear negotiations are at staller and several foreigners considered hostages by Western capitals are detained there.

In the context of this growing involvement of Iran in the Ukraine War, Benyamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday what seems to be an important change of posture, now saying that she is ready to consider providing weapons to the Ukraine. So far, the State of Israel has taken care to remain neutral, in particular because of the presence of the Russian army deployed in Syria.

Israel must notably take into account the presence in this country neighboring Russian anti -aircraft systems. Until now, Israeli aviation has been able to carry out operations without being targeted by these systems.

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In addition to this diplomatic component, Mr. Netanyahu “will meet leading businessmen in France in the financial field and will hold a meeting with the heads of the Jewish community”, according to the embassy. He will leave France on Saturday evening.

Arrived in power in December at the head of a coalition combining right -wing, extreme right and ultraorthodox Jewish, and whose detractors fear an undemocratic drift, the government of Mr. Netanyahu faces the dispute of some sectors of the Israeli company, including the financial sector.

Some companies have said they were ready to leave Israel, believing that the planned judicial reform would create instability affecting their activity. The Prime Minister notably met last week the leaders of the big banks to try to reassure them.

/Media reports cited above.