French President Emmanuel Macron (C) meets with Israeli-French nationals at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Oct. 24, 2023. (AFP Photo)
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, marking his country's strong show of support for Israel following the October 7th incursion by Palestinian resistance group Hamas.
Macron's visit comes in the wake of a more than two-week-long period of intense conflict, initiated by the Hamas incursion and subsequent Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
During his visit, President Macron was scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convey France's "full solidarity" with Israel in the aftermath of the recent attacks.
The French presidency emphasized that Macron's visit underscored France's unwavering support for Israel.
Amid the ongoing Israeli bombardment and the looming possibility of a ground invasion in the densely populated Palestinian enclave of Gaza, Macron was also expected to advocate for the protection of the civilian population in the region.
He particularly called for a "humanitarian truce" to facilitate the much-needed delivery of aid to Gaza, where 2.4 million people have been grappling with severe shortages of water, food, electricity, and essential supplies due to an Israeli blockade.
Macron and Netanyahu were scheduled to hold a joint press conference to address the current situation and their efforts to address the crisis.
The French president's diplomatic agenda also included discussions with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and leaders of Gulf nations, as stated by the Elysee Palace.