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Source: France
18 July 2017

Foreign policy statements / Key references

Official speeches and statements of july 18, 2017

2. Israel - Bilateral relations/Palestinian Territories (Paris, 16/07/2017)

I want to begin by apologizing for the delay to this press conference, due to part of the Vel d'Hiv ceremony, which we both attended, overrunning, and also to a long, lively discussion, which was fully justified.

I'm very pleased to welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Elysée Palace today, and I wanted to thank you, Prime Minister, for coming here after we both attended and gave speeches at the ceremony to pay tribute together to the victims of the Vel d'Hiv roundup (1).


The visit is consistent with our two countries' active relationship.  Incidentally, we had a telephone conversation the day after my election, on 8 May.  We saw each other in Strasbourg on 1 July in the margins of the tribute to Mr Kohl.  And I very much appreciate your being here today, as I told you earlier, for what was a very moving ceremony, and I think it was important for many people that you were able to be there and then at this meeting we've just had.

First and foremost, I want to extend my condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning on the deaths of two Israeli police officers on Friday in an attack in Jerusalem, and reiterate here that France condemns this heinous act and stands shoulder to shoulder with the victims' families and their close friends, and we denounce - as we do consistently every time, very strongly and steadfastly - any kind of violence.


In this respect, France recalls - and I want to do so officially and personally - the unfailing, unconditional support for Israel's security.  As such I also call for a resumption of the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians in the search for a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side within secure, recognized borders, with Jerusalem as the capital.  This is the line constantly taken by French diplomacy, which I'm deeply committed to and, as such, France is ready to support all diplomatic efforts aimed at this in accordance with the parameters for peace recognized by the international community.  Prime Minister Netanyahu and I obviously talked about this just now;  for this to happen it's important to ensure that the conditions for negotiation and for peace aren't actually undermined and that everyone abides by international law, and I'm thinking here of the continued settlement activity;  we discussed this point and I reiterated France's position and my position on the subject.

I genuinely hope that, in the international context we have today, everything can be done to move these negotiations forward, and that of course the nature of the regional risk and of the recomposition under way may enable new negotiations to begin on these issues.


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