Denying Israel's right to exist is antisemitism, Macron

'France will do everything possible to help Lebanon'

22 January, 16:41

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JANUARY 22 - French president Emmanuel Macron said on a visit to Jerusalem that ''anti-Zionism is not different from antisemitism''.

    In a press conference with his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, he said that ''this does not mean we cannot disagree.

    Clearly, between friends there are disagreements. But there is no doubt that today, denying the right of the State of Israel to exist is a modern version of antisemitism.'' On Wednesday morning, Macron met with Israel prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu, with whom he discussed developments in Libya in light of Turkey's involvement. The prime minister's office made the announcement and noted that Netanyahu had asked Macron - who is in Israel as part of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - for France to join in imposing sanctions on Iran ''for its nuclear activities and its aggressive activities in the region''. The announcement stated that the prime minister had also discussed the issue of Hezbollah's efforts in Lebanon to get ahold of high precision missiles. France, Macron said, will do everything possible to help Lebanon to deal with the ''crisis'' it is experiencing. He added that he would be carefully watching ''terrorist activities'' that could threaten Israel from Lebanon.(ANSAmed).

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