Of every single critic that President Trump has received from the Democrats, one of the most repeated was the one that claimed he would not have the same influence with foreign leaders as Obama did. However, this claim was debunked on Wednesday when French President Emmanuel Macron also showed a strong stance against Palestine.
Naturally, we’re talking about a major bombshell considering that the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has been one of the most delicate global issues. Believe it or not, Macron said he wouldn’t recognize Palestine as an independent state, which represents a serious rejection to the European Union’s position on this matter. Analysts believe this action from Macron could encourage the international community to follow President Trump’s steps.
According to The Times of Israel, this surprising statement came as a reaction to President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. According to several reports, almost no one expected this move from Macron, considering that he vehemently opposed President Trump’s Jerusalem move.
Apparently, the French president told reporters that he would not “take any decision in reaction to any decision.” As reported by the Times of Israel, Macron said this in response to a question from this outlet on the possible recognition of a Palestinian state within Jerusalem.
Over the last few decades, France has always shown a neutral stance on this conflict. However, some analysts believe this particular position has been extremely beneficial to the Palestinians, considering the French influence in Europe.
As a matter of fact, in addition to former presidents Nikolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, Macron has repeatedly opposed to moving the French embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fearing a violent reaction.
Naturally, one of the reasons why France has refused to have a pro-Israel stance on this conflict is the number of Muslims living in that nation. Logically, providing an explicit support for the Jewish state could have a violent backlash that no president would like to deal with.
According to The Times of Israel, Macron’s comments came during a photo op with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This happened soon before a closed-door meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos. According to the media outlet, the meeting between both leaders lasted less than an hour.
Naturally, Macron’s new stance against Palestine is quite delicate, considering not only the consequences this could have among Muslims in France but also among some allies in the European Union.
After all, it is known that several nations of the EU including Luxembourg, Slovenia, Belgium and Ireland are contemplating the possibility of recognizing an independent Palestine. Of course, this move would be in response to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
As everyone knows, soon after the Jerusalem decision, most countries of the European Union decided to criticize this announcement. As a matter of fact, some leaders even claimed that this decision automatically discarded the U.S. as a proper mediator in the conflict.
Of course, there are two particular reasons why these nations are taking a strong stance against the Trump administration on this issue. Basically, everything had to do with playing in favor of the Muslim world keeping a good image among its bases.
On one hand, the main element of Europe’s Islamization is the way so many countries of the EU are willing to fulfill the interests of the Muslim agenda. After all, many European nations have developed important business with powerful nations in the Middle East.
On the other hand, there has been a particular anti-American sentiment in several nations of the EU since the administration of George W. Bush. Naturally, this sentiment got even more intense with the arrival of President Trump, and the leaders of these nations are trying to maintain a distance from the U.S. president in order to prevent a popularity crash.
Apparently, Slovenia has been the first country of the EU to express its intention to recognize an independent Palestine. As a matter of fact, its foreign minister has already declared the country’s stance.
As reported by The Times Of Israel, the French President told this media outlet that he wanted to “accompany and facilitate” Israel and Palestine in a peace process. However, he pointed out that the position of his administration on the end result of such peace talks had not changed at all.
Macron declared in English that “our philosophy is very clear from the very beginning, with recognition of two states. Jerusalem will be the capital of two sides and common frontiers recognized according to international rule.”
After that, the French leader pointed out again that a decision to recognize an independent state of Palestine wouldn’t be a reaction following certain decisions. Basically, Macron was referring to the Jerusalem move.
Surprisingly, Macron then touted his relationship with the Israeli Prime Minister, saying he saw as crucial France’s ability to be a partner for Israel’s security and to be a strategic partner for the entire region.
Netanyahu responded that “this is definitely true.” Then, he said that the partnership of his country with France was “also important for the security of Europe.”