Macron reiterates call for two-state solution during Netanyahu visit

French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated on Sunday his call for fresh Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to establish two independent states.

“I also call on the reopening of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians as part of the search for a two state solution. Israel and Palestine living side by side, and recognize with secure borders Jerusalem as the capitol,” the new French leader said.

“That has been the constant direction and line of French diplomacy, and I am very attached to this. In this regard, France is prepared to support all efforts, diplomatic efforts on the basis of the peace parameters recognized by the international community,” Macron continued.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said while he shares a desire for peaceful relations with the Palestinians, the root of the conflict does not lie with his country.

“We share a desire to share a stable and peaceful Middle East. We discussed both the Palestinian-Israeli conflict but also the growing opportunities for cooperation between Israel and some of our Arab neighbors because of this sense, a new sense of shared threats and shared interests,” Netanyahu said.

“On the Palestinian side I made it clear that our view is that the root of the conflict, the reason it goes on is the persistent Palestinian refusal to accept the Jewish state, a nation state for the Jewish people in any boundaries, and this alongside with the question of enduring security are the two pillars of peace,” the Israeli premier said.

Macron hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month.

The French leader has ripped Israeli settlement construction, saying it is a threat to peace between the two groups.

President Trump has also attempted to foster peace in the region, making trips to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the early months of his presidency.

However, the president implied the effort was difficult this week, saying "the only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is healthcare."