Macron suggests US embassy move caused ‘people dying’ in Gaza riots

Following his meeting with the Israeli prime minister, French President Emmanuel Macron linked the US embassy relocation in Israel to deaths in Gaza riots.

By: World Israel News Staff

At a press conference held for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron, the French leader claimed that the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to the Jewish state’s capital, Jerusalem, was not cause for “celebration” if it “led to people dying,” reported Haaretz.

The remark followed a 90-minute meeting between Macron and Netanyahu during which they discussed the mounting threat posed by Iran and the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic regime.

While Macron communicated France’s concerns about Iran, he continued to emphasize the purported validity of the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that it should be augmented with an agreement covering Tehran’s ballistic-missile development and aggression in the region.

According to Macron, the two heads of state agreed to develop joint working groups to coordinate efforts. Netanyahu for his part stressed that the “most important thing is to get Iran out of Syria.”

In addition to implying that moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem was to blame for violence in Gaza, Macron also told Netanyahu that France seeks a “long-term and just solution of two states with Jerusalem as a shared capital,” adding that his nation is also “commit[ed to] the security of Israel.”

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On Monday, Netanyahu met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On Wednesday, he is slated to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.

While European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have signaled their desire to prop up the rapidly collapsing agreement, Netanyau declared in France, “I think it will be dissolved by weight of economic forces.”