The ongoing conflict in Gaza has spurred global concern over the continued bombing of civilians in the region. During an interview with the BBC, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his strong condemnation of the attacks on civilians in Gaza. He empathized with the pain of the Israeli people and acknowledged their desire to eliminate terrorism. Macron, however, emphasized that there was no justification for the civilian bombings and called for an immediate end to the violence.
Following a humanitarian aid conference for Gaza in Paris, Macron reiterated the urgent need for a ceasefire to protect civilians, emphasizing the importance of recognizing that all lives matter. The conference, which included the participation of several NGOs, as well as the governments of Algeria and Colombia, highlighted the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict. The French president stressed the need for a humanitarian pause that would lead to a ceasefire, allowing the protection of innocent civilians.
Macron’s comments come amidst a push from various groups for the prosecution of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes in Gaza. However, the French president avoided criticizing Netanyahu, referring to Israel as a partner and a friend. Despite this, Macron emphasized that a large-scale bombing of Gaza would only exacerbate tensions and create resentment in the region.
During his recent visit to Israel, Macron proposed re-activating the US-led global coalition against ISIS to combat Hamas. However, Netanyahu did not express interest in the proposal. The French president urged Israel to seek a different approach to defend itself, highlighting the adverse effects of extensive bombing in the region.
In response to Macron’s call for a ceasefire, Netanyahu reiterated that Hamas was responsible for the deaths in Gaza, accusing the group of using civilian infrastructure as terror command centers and human shields. He warned of the global implications of Hamas’ actions, emphasizing the need for world leaders to condemn the group.
The conflict has taken a significant toll, with Israel reporting 1,200 citizens killed and 240 abducted in the recent incursion by Hamas. Palestinian casualties have been extensive, with over 11,000 killed, 27,490 wounded, and 1.5 million displaced as a result of the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
The situation in Gaza continues to draw international attention, with leaders and organizations calling for an immediate ceasefire to protect civilians and address the humanitarian crisis. The push for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict remains a top priority as the international community strives to bring peace and stability to the region.