French President condemns ‘settlement construction’

Abbas and Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday condemned Israeli “settlement construction” during a meeting in Paris with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Expressing concern about the “deteriorating situation” unfolding in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and Gaza, Macron said that the continued “absence of a political horizon feeds despair and extremism,” according to comments quoted by i24news.

He reiterated France’s position that “there is no viable alternative to a two-state solution,” and said Israel’s “settlement building” has reached “unprecedented levels” since the beginning of the year.

Abbas, for his part, claimed his government is ready to sign a peace agreement and is waiting on Israel’s response.<!–more–>

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