Macron Heads To Qatar To Restart Israel-Hamas Truce

French President Emmanuel Macron revealed that he would go to Qatar to try to start a new Israel-Hamas truce, as he’s reportedly “very concerned” about the recent truce’s collapse. Macron’s remarks came during his visit to the COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

Macron also discussed the eventual return of all hostages Hamas took during their Oct. 7 terrorist attack, which killed more than 1,400 Israelis. According to Macron, the resumed violence has made him realize that serious effort, and a doubling down, must be made to try to reach a ceasefire that will last longer than the previous one.

Macron’s remarks come after an initial four-day ceasefire, which saw an extension of a few days as Hamas released more hostages, collapsed. Mediators, including pro-ceasefire Qatar, were unable to extend the truce any further.

Israel has blamed Hamas for the collapse of the truce. According to Israel and the United States, Hamas resumed attacks against Israel, which ultimately allowed for the temporary ceasefire to end. Meanwhile,

Macron also mentioned that he wants Israel to be clearer when discussing exactly what their goals are when it comes to Hamas and Gaza’s future.

Macron reportedly said, “We are at the moment when Israeli authorities must more precisely define their objectives and their final goal: the total destruction of Hamas. Does anyone think this is possible? If this is the case, the war will last 10 years.”

The French president also discussed regional stability. Many Arab nations have discussed how the Israel-Hamas war could continue to escalate tensions throughout the Middle East — claims that Western nations, such as the United States, have also echoed.

France now echoes these concerns. Macron said, “There is no lasting security for Israel in the region if its security is achieved at the cost of Palestinian lives and thus of the resentment of public opinion in the region. Let’s be collectively lucid.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also recently stated that Israel must abide by international laws. Blinken said that Israel must ensure they are doing all that they can to keep Palestinian civilians from being killed by Israel’s military actions.

Recently, Israel has said they will work to keep Gaza civilians from harm as they target Hamas.