Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Jerusalem Wednesday morning, hosting Macron for breakfast at the prime minister’s residence ahead of the 5th annual World Holocaust Forum in the capital.
Following the meeting, Netanyahu said: "I have just concluded a pleasant, friendly and very productive working meeting over breakfast with my friend French President Emmanuel Macron. The meeting encompassed very many issues – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Libya and several others."
"We agreed to establish a strategic dialogue between Israel and France so as to allow us to continue cooperating vis-à-vis common interests. This is a very important change in Israeli foreign policy. It could assist us regarding things that are very important to the security of the state.
"I praised Emmanuel Macron for his steadfast position against anti-Semitism, which has found expression, for example, in his visit here in Jerusalem. I also called on him to deal with the matter regarding the murderer of Sarah Halimi, and also to act on the extradition of a murderer who murdered Jews in France and is now in Ramallah. He needs to be extradited to France. He promised to check on both issues."
Macron is slated to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Wednesday, along with Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.