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"I call for a resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the framework of the search for a solution of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in recognized, secure borders with Jerusalem as the capital", Macron told reporters, with Netanyahu at his side.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government oppose the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russian Federation, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week. At the time he stated France supports a two-state solution and opposes Israel's building of settlements in occupied territory. However, it is not yet clear if Macron will follow the more interventionist line taken by his predecessor Francois Hollande, whose efforts to mobilize the global community on the question angered Israel.

Netanyahu thanked also the French President for hosting him in this tragic anniversary and stressed the deep and old friendship between the French and Israeli states.

Tensions have risen between Hezbollah and its longtime foe Israel since Donald Trump became USA president with his tough talk against Iran.

"France has always condemned the continuation of settlement building, which is illegal under worldwide law and has reached an unprecedented level since the beginning of the year", he said in his first public remarks on the conflict since taking office.

Mr Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister to attend the Vel d'Hiv commemorations.

It was at this site during Nazi Germany's occupation of France in the Second World War that French police rounded up some 13,000 people on July 16-17 1942, before they were sent to camps. Another protest group, the Union of French Jews for Peace (UFJP) called the visit "shocking" and "unacceptable".

Politico reported similar nervousness from anonymous Israel officials on Friday, which follows statements Netanyahu's office made after news of the deal's signing broke, namely that the deal ought to prevent "the establishment of an Iranian military presence in Syria as a whole".

"Militant Islam wants to destroy our common civilization", Netanyahu told the French president.

Lavrov also noted that preparatory work ahead of the July 7 agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump to implement a regional ceasefire had been conducted with all interested parties, including Israel. "France, on that day, committed the irreparable". "It doesn't take nearly any of Israel's security interests and it creates a disturbing reality in southern Syria".


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