U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen criticized Israel for withholding work permits and blocking travel by Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, saying the measures hurt both sides and risked tipping off a broader regional conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron © Mena Today
French President Emmanuel Macron's recent statements calling on Israel to "avoid any escalatory actions, particularly in Lebanon" following the strike that killed the Hamas deputy leader in Beirut highlight some political inconsistencies in his approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
In the aftermath of the attack that claimed the life of Saleh al-Arouri, the second-in-command of Hamas, attributed to Israel in the outskirts of Beirut, Macron emphasized the need to prevent further escalation, especially in Lebanon.
He also stated that France would continue to convey this message to all parties directly or indirectly involved in the region.
However, Macron's stance appears to be at odds with his call for a "durable ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas during his phone conversation with Benny Gantz, a member of the Israeli security cabinet. Macron reiterated the importance of achieving a ceasefire with the assistance of regional and international partners, all while expressing deep concern over the civilian casualties and the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.
What raises eyebrows in Macron's approach is the apparent inconsistency between advocating for de-escalation in Lebanon and pushing for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. By expressing support for Israel's security while also urging restraint in Lebanon, Macron's stance appears to be walking a fine line between advocating for Israeli interests and promoting regional stability.
The situation in the Middle East is complex and multifaceted, with various geopolitical factors at play.
Macron's political balancing act reflects the challenges of navigating this complex landscape while trying to maintain France's role as a diplomatic mediator in the region.
It remains to be seen how these seemingly contradictory positions will impact the ongoing dynamics in the Israel-Palestine conflict and the broader Middle East.
By Lucy Dinbor, Mena Today
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