French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a new phone call that there were “too many civilian losses” in Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, his office said Sunday.
The phone call came after Macron came under fire in Jerusalem last week for criticizing the IDF’s military campaign, saying it was “de facto” killing “ladies and babies” in Gaza. Paris has since sought to soften its criticism while still calling for a ceasefire.
Israel says its air strikes — overwhelmingly blamed by Gazans for the deaths — target the gunmen and infrastructure of Hamas. Israel has vowed to eliminate the group after 3,000 terrorists burst across the border into Israel six weeks ago, massacred some 1,200 people, most of them civilians, amid brutal atrocities, and abducted 240 more to Gaza where they are still held hostage.