France urged Israel’s new prime minister, Yair Lapid, on Tuesday
to restart peace talks with the Palestinians, but Lapid played down
such prospects, citing rightist elements in his caretaker
government ahead of a November election, Trend reports citing Reuters.
“The people of Israel is lucky” to have Lapid as its premier,
French President Emmanuel Macron said ahead of a meeting between
the two leaders in Paris.
Speaking to cameras, Macron said there was “no alternative” to
political dialogue to ease tensions between Israelis and
“I know how much you can mark history if you relaunch this
process, which has been broken for too long,” Macron said, adding
that he believed Lapid “has what it takes” to succeed.