Dand in agreement with the Presidency of Israel, in a statement cited by Agence France Presse, the head of state, Isaac Herzog, welcomed the telephone conversation that allowed Macron to “clarify” his statements.
In an interview with the BBC, broadcast on Friday night, the French president “urged Israel to stop” the bombings that kill civilians in Gaza.
“In fact, today, civilians are being bombed. These babies, these women, these elderly people are being bombed and killed,” he said.
According to the Israeli Presidency, in the conversation with his counterpart, Macron “made it clear that he had no intention of accusing Israel of intentionally harming innocent civilians, as part of the campaign against the terrorist organization Hamas”.
The French President, still in agreement with Israel, specified that his statements to the BBC “concerned the humanitarian situation, which continues to be an important issue for him and for many countries”.
“[Macron] He also stressed that he unequivocally supports Israel’s right and duty to defend itself, and expressed his support for Israel’s war against Hamas,” the statement read.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had already classified Macron’s statements to the BBC as “a factual and moral error”, in a press conference on Saturday.
“The responsibility for the damage caused to civilians should not be attributed to Israel, but to Hamas”, defended Netanyahu.
The Islamist Hamas movement launched a surprise attack on southern Israel on October 7 with the launch of thousands of rockets and the incursion of armed militiamen, taking two hundred hostages.
In response, Israel declared war on Hamas, a movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007 and which is classified as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States, bombing several of the group’s infrastructures in the Gaza Strip and imposing a total siege on the territory with cuts supply of water, fuel and electricity.
The conflict has already caused thousands of deaths and injuries, among military personnel and civilians, in both territories.
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