French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he asked for "courageous gestures" from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to restart the Middle East peace process.
“I asked Prime Minister Netanyahu to make some courageous gestures toward the Palestinians to get out of the current impasse,” Macron said, according to Reuters.
The French leader reportedly suggested that a freeze in Israeli settlements could be a good start.
Netanyahu, in turn, said that Palestinians need to first recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel in order to kickstart the peace process.
"The most important thing about peace is, first of all, to recognize that the other side has a right to exist," Netanyahu said.
"One of the manifestations of this refusal is the mere refusal to sit down with Israel," he continued.
“Here is the gesture I offer ... to Mr. Abbas to sit down and negotiate peace. That’s a gesture for peace. Nothing could be simpler," he said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Macron and Netanyahu met in Paris before a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Monday.
President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE last week broke with precedent in announcing this U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also ordered the State Department to prepare to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The majority of the international community, including France, recognizes Tel Aviv as the Israeli capital.
Palestinians have called for east Jerusalem to be set aside as their capital.