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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on June 5, 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron called Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to congratulate him on winning last week’s election.

During their conversation, Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Macron to visit Paris.


The two leaders agreed to continue strengthening relations between France and Israel. They also discussed regional challenges, primarily those involving the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Following the conversation, Netanyahu said in a statement that he thanks the French president for “the heartfelt conversation and for inviting me to visit France soon, to strengthen the ties between our countries and to hold intensive deliberations on regional challenges, chiefly Iran.”

Macron’s office had yet to issue a statement.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.