Netanyahu and Macron speak via phone following diplomatic dustup

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) as they hold a joint press conference in Jerusalem on October 24, 2023. (Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) as they hold a joint press conference in Jerusalem on October 24, 2023. (Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just wrapped up a phone call with his counterpart Emmanuel Macron to discuss the war in Gaza, the Israeli premier’s office says.

Macron came under fire in Jerusalem last week for criticizing the IDF’s military campaign, saying it is “de facto” killing “ladies and babies” in Gaza.

Paris has since sought to soften its criticism while still calling for a ceasefire.

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