French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday morning arrived in Israel, meeting first of all with families of hostages held by Hamas.

Following his meeting with the hostages' families, Macron met Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

"Thank you for coming to Israel in these very trying times," Herzog began. "Israel is mourning, Israel is grieving. We are grieving with major pain, that we've never suffered as a nation since our establishment, and we've suffered a lot of pain throughout our history."

"We are a strong nation, and we are committed to overcoming, and we are committed to destroying our enemies," he stressed.

"We are demanding the full and immediate release of all of our citizens who are abducted...we are seeing clear crimes against humanity, we're seeing suffering of young and old. Thirty children - thirty children are out there, kidnapped by Hamas terrorists who carried out one of the worst atrocities in modern times."

Herzog also stressed that there is "no difference" between Israeli citizens and foreign nationals. "They are all one and for us, we want them back immediately," he said.

Herzog warned, "I think Hezbollah is playing with fire, I think the Iranian empire of evil that is backing them and operates day in, day out to destabilize the Middle East and the region is playing with fire, and I want to make clear: We are not looking for a confrontation on our northern border, or with anyone else, we are focused on destroying Hamas infrastructure and bringing our citizens back home. But if Hezbollah drags us into war, it should be clear that Lebanon will pay the price."

"By international law, we have the full right to defend ourselves," he emphasized.

Regarding Diaspora Jews, Herzog urged, "I think the international community must take strong actions to protect Jewish citizens all over the world."

"What happened on the 7th of October was an awful terror attack against your people, your nation, its right. And it caused immense shock for the whole planet, especially in France. I am here to express our solidarity today and tomorrow," Macron told Herzog.

"I'm here to express our solidarity today and tomorrow. I spent a while with some families of the nationals. I saw some families having lost children, brothers, and some other families waiting for the hostages."

"The first objective we should have today is the release of all hostages without any distinction, because this is an awful crime to play with the lives of children, adults, all people, civilians and soldiers.

"But I want you to be sure that you are not left alone in this war against terrorism, because I speak here on behalf of a country which experienced these terrorist attacks, unhappily, and you were there at that time," he added. "I think this is our duty to fight against this terrorist groups, without any confusion."

"I want you to be sure, that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you and your nation, and we will do whatever we can to restore peace, security, and stability for your country and the whole region."

Macron added that France, "passed several messages too to other potential terrorist groups, targeting or wanting to join this operation, and clearly we warned Hezbollah. ... What happened will never be forgotten to be sure. And we will be here today, tomorrow, and the day after, for peace and stability."

"These people were killed just because they were Jewish and they wanted to live in peace," he concluded.