Israel-Hamas war: Paris mired in European divisions

Emmanuel Macron’s call to stop the bombings found little support within the European Union, with Germany even taking the opposite view of the new French position.

The strong shift in French diplomacy, embodied by the words of Emmanuel Macron during an interview with the BBC on November 10, did not have the ripple effect that Paris expected. Rather, it has once again highlighted Europe’s divisions over Israel’s war in Gaza, instead of blurring them. These fault lines were already visible during the vote, on October 27, of a resolution proposed by Jordan calling for an “immediate, lasting and sustained humanitarian truce”, for all parties to respect international law and for aid continues and unhindered in the Gaza Strip.

The European countries were divided into three blocs between votes for (Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia), against (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary and the Czech Republic) and abstainers (Germany, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden).

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