French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday proposed an international coalition to combat terror groups with a similar model to the fight against ISIS.
Macron said that Hamas is comparable to ISIS and al Qaeda "in action and intention." Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he condemned the "pure hate" and "pure violence" of the October 7 attacks on Israel.
"The struggle [against terror groups] must be without mercy but not without rules," he said, calling for humanitarian access and electricity to civilian populations caught in fighting, without such assistance going to terror groups.
The French president stressed that the acts of Hamas "go beyond all understanding," marking "a black page in our history."
Expressing France’s condolences to Israel over the attacks, he said, "Our two countries are joined by the same grief."
At least 30 French citizens were killed in the Hamas attacks and nine French citizens are "missing or held hostage," he said.
Macron urged that the Palestinian cause be heard "with reason," adding that the "first condition" of a Palestinian state in peace and security must be accepting the existence and security of Israel.
Macron said that he will visit Ramallah in the West Bank later today.