Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israeli war cabinet to meet on hostages, Rafah plan

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israeli war cabinet to meet on hostages, Rafah plan
Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israeli war cabinet to meet on hostages, Rafah plan

00:49 (IST), May 1

France asks Israel to make public position on Lebanon border proposals

France’s foreign minister called on Israel to make public its position on a proposal that he shared with it aimed at defusing tensions between Israel and Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah, as Paris tries to act as an intermediary between the foes.

Israel and Hezbollah have been engaged in escalating daily cross-border strikes over the past six months – in parallel with the war in Gaza – and their increasing range and sophistication has raised fears of a wider regional conflict.

The Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah has amassed a formidable arsenal since a 2006 war with Israel and since October thousands of people on both sides of the border have been displaced by the clashes.

“I call on Israeli authorities to take a public position on these French plans that will enable us to move to the next stage,” Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday.

Sejourne said earlier in the day that a number of modifications had been put forward to Israel after consultations in Lebanon earlier in the week.

“We have a relationship with Lebanon, 20,000 (French) citizens there and the war in 2006 was particularly dramatic for them,” he said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz in Jerusalem. (Reuters)

 
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