Netanyahu honors French-Jewish WWII victims

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

After the event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, Macron said that "everything should be done so that negotiations restart" with the aim of reaching a two-state solution, as the worldwide community has long sought.

Macron dismissed arguments by French far right leaders that the collaborationist Vichy regime didn't represent the French state, saying that is "convenient, but it is false". Fewer than 100 survived.

The ceremony and Netanyahu's visit comes just days after after renewed tensions in Jerusalem following an attack in which two Israeli policemen were killed.

Netanyahu said the Nazis and their French collaborators "shattered the lives of thousands of French Jews at Vel' d'Hiv".

The trip was also an opportunity for Mr Netanyahu to hold direct talks with Emmanuel Macron for the first time.

Mr Macron pledged to fight such racism, and called for thorough investigation into the recent killing of a Parisian woman believed linked to anti-Jewish sentiment.

A French official said on Saturday night that Macron is interested in being a significant factor in the attempts to renew talks between Israel and the PA, and that the French are working on their own peace plan.

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Netanyahu honors French-Jewish WWII victims

They were among some 76,000 Jews deported from France to Nazi camps. "We must stand against them together".

He is the first Israeli prime minister to attend the Vel d'Hiv commemorations.

Macron said negotiations should be carried out in line with global law and must be followed by both sides.

The Union of French Jews for Peace, a pro-Palestinian organisation, described the decision to invite Mr Netanyahu as "shocking" and "unacceptable".

He warned that continued Israeli settlement construction could threaten such negotiations and eventual peace prospects.

Macron and Netanyahu also discussed fighting extremism in Syria and elsewhere, and improving economic cooperation.

"We are strengthening our ties with countries on five continents - Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, but it is also very important to us to strengthen ties with European countries", Netanyahu said before boarding the plane at Ben-Gurion Airport.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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