Macron: France Could Recognize Palestinian State

The suggestion, already expressed by the UK, is a first for a French leader
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2024 1:55 PM CST
Macron Suggests France Could Recognize a Palestinian State
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Jordan's King Abdullah speak Friday at the Elysee Palace in Paris.   (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron has said recognizing a Palestinian state is not a "taboo" for France, as international frustration grows with Israel's actions in the Palestinian territories. France and the EU have long supported a two-state solution in the Mideast, but as part of a negotiated settlement, the AP reports. With talks long stalled and Israel's offensive against Hamas in Gaza deepening, some European countries are voicing support for recognizing a Palestinian state sooner. It was the first time a leader of France has made the suggestion, per Politico Europe.

"Recognizing a Palestinian state is not a taboo for France," Macron said Friday at a meeting in Paris with Jordan's King Abdullah. '"We owe it to Palestinians, whose aspirations have been trampled on for too long. We owe it to Israelis, who lived through the worst antisemitic massacre of our time. We owe it to a region that is seeking to rise above those who promote chaos and seed revenge." Macron did not elaborate on when and under what conditions France could recognize a Palestinian state. France, one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, would be unlikely to do such a thing unilaterally, per the AP.

But Macron said: "Our partners in the region, notably Jordan, are working on it, we are working on it with them. We are ready to contribute to it, in Europe and in the Security Council." He also called for a cease-fire in Gaza. The UK's foreign minister, David Cameron, said earlier this month that his country could officially recognize a Palestinian state after a cease-fire in Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects Palestinian statehood, and there have been no substantive negotiations on a two-state solution since 2009. A move by key Israeli allies to recognize a Palestinian state could exert pressure to resume negotiations.

(More Israel-Hamas war stories.)

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