When he talked about how important it was for the West to beat Hamas right away, French President Emmanuel Macron didn’t hold back.
CNBC reported that at a press meeting this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron asked that the international alliance that was set up to fight the Islamic State be expanded to include forces fighting Hamas terrorists. The World Coalition to Defeat Daesh, also known as ISIS, was formed in 2014 and has 86 members, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.
“As part of our operations in Iraq and Syria, France is prepared to fight alongside other nations in the international coalition against Daesh, including Hamas,” Macron declared.
Macron spoke with Israeli President Isaac Herzog this week about the threat Hamas poses to both Israel and the international community.
President Macron stated, “Hamas is a terrorist group whose only goal is to destroy the Israeli state. I want to get our international partners on board with the idea that we can work together to fight the terrorist group that is threatening us all.”
Macron stated that it is necessary to fight Hamas “without mercy, however not without rules,” emphasizing the need to prevent civilian fatalities. The strong words the French President used against Hamas and in his backing of Israel came the day after Antony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State, asked all world leaders to criticize Hamas.
Blinken declared, “Enough is enough, which should have already been the case with Hamas a couple of weeks ago,” in an appearance this week on CBS’s “Face The Nation. “It would be great to hear everyone loud and clear using one voice say what Hamas did, about how they killed people, and how that should not be tolerated by anyone, anywhere, any nation, or any people.”
The US has made itself more visible in the Middle East by sending weapon systems and getting troops ready to go there. This is because Israel is still in danger from Hamas on its border alongside the Gaza Strip as well as Hezbollah on its border with Lebanon toward the north. In the days after Hamas attacked Israel, Islamic terrorist groups have also attacked American troops in Iraq and Syria.
The United States military is now required to “take whatever necessary steps to ensure that our troops remain in a favorable position, that they are protected, and that we’ve got the ability to respond,” according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who stated this week that there have been “escalations by Iran including its proxy forces throughout the Middle East Region.”