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Macron to Netanyahu: I disagree with Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he had told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he rejected the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a press conference held Sunday at Elysee Palace in Paris.

French President asked Netanyahu to show "courage" in his dealings with the Palestinians to build goodwill that would help rekindle the peace process.

"I urged the prime minister to show courage in his dealings with the Palestinians to get us out of the current dead-end," Macron said after talks in Paris with the Israeli leader.

He began his prepared statement by condemning "all the attacks in these last few hours and days" against Israel following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The French president had made a statement immediately after the US president announcement on Wednesday, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, that this decision is unfortunate, and that Paris does not support it.

Macron called for "avoiding violence at all costs" after the Trump move.

(With AFP)