Paris, Oct 24.- French deputies warned that Israel's legitimate right to defense does not justify its war crimes against the Palestinian people, while the Government accused Hamas of endangering peace.
As expected, the debate on the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East in the National Assembly was heated, and included complaints and criticism among the country's various political actors, in a scenario of international concern about the humanitarian crisis in the bombed and blockaded Gaza Strip.
Parliamentarian and communist leader Fabien Roussel rejected the Israeli Army's blind bombings against Gaza and affirmed that Tel Aviv's right to defend itself does not authorize it to commit war crimes.
Also the head of the environmental group in the Bourbon Palace, Cyrielle Chatelain, stressed that this right does not justify depriving two million human beings of water.
Chatelain criticized the recent visit to Israel of the president of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, arguing that her words confuse France's message, since that official representative stated during her stay that nothing should prevent Israel from defending itself.
At the start of the debate, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne expressed solidarity with the Israeli people and accused the Hamas movement of carrying out a barbaric attack on October 7 and endangering peace with its actions, distancing that organization from the Palestinian people.
Regarding the controversy generated by Braun-Pivet's comments, he indicated his support, but urged Tel Aviv not to attack civilians.
Every civilian life lost is a failure for the international community, the Palestinians cannot be abandoned to their fate, Borne said in the chamber, who underlined France's demand for a humanitarian truce.
The prime minister asserted that France is a friend of Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab countries in the region.
In her turn in the debate, the bench leader of La France Insoumi caucus in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, demanded that Paris not align itself with the United States, and demand a ceasefire.
Our tears cannot be of variable geometry. We mourn the victims of war crimes, in Israel and Gaza, she said.
For her part, the deputy and top leader of the extreme right, Marine Le Pen, condemned the Hamas attack on Israel, calling it a crime against humans and peace and stated that peace and security in the Middle East they go through the materialization of a Palestinian State.
The right of Palestinians to one day benefit from a real State cannot be denied, said the member and founder of the National Rally. (Text and photo: PL)