Fri 08 Dec 2023 9:55 pm - Jerusalem Time
Macron urges Netanyahu to establish a permanent ceasefire and open the Kerem Shalom crossing
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to open the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza to deliver much-needed aid to the Strip.
60% of the goods were passing through the Kerem Shalom crossing into the besieged Gaza Strip before October 7 and the start of the Israeli war.
The French presidency stated that Macron spoke in a call with Netanyahu about “the necessity of protecting civilians in Gaza and stressed the importance of reaching a permanent ceasefire.”
The French President added, "Israel must take the necessary measures to put an end to the violence committed by settlers against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank."
At least 263 Palestinians have been killed by settlers and Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, said Thursday that he sees “promising indications” that the Kerem Shalom crossing may be opened soon to allow aid to enter.
On Saturday, Macron called for "redoubling efforts to achieve a permanent ceasefire" after the end of a week-long truce.
He also urged Israel to clarify its goal of "destroying" Hamas, warning that achieving this could take "ten years."