ELNET Statement on French President Macron’s call for a ceasefire

ELNET is deeply concerned by President Macron’s call for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas. Recognizing Israel’s right to self-defense while calling for a ceasefire is self-contradictory. 

A ceasefire would enable Hamas to regroup and endanger Israeli forces as well as the hostages. It would not impact the humanitarian aid that is being delivered daily to the civilian population of Gaza. 

The West must remain united in the struggle against Hamas and its international backers. President Macron’s declaration threatens to undermine Western solidarity and plays into the hands of Hamas. 

ELNET welcomes President Macron’s clarification to President Herzog today that France unequivocally supports Israel’s right to self-defense. Democracies cannot grant immunity to barbaric terrorists who cynically use civilians as human shields. Hamas bears full responsibility for the war and its consequences.