During a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron underscored the urgent need for a united front against Hamas. He proposed expanding the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, originally created in 2014 to combat ISIS, to include actions against Hamas.
This coalition comprises 86 nations, including major powers such as France, the U.S., and the U.K., CNBC reported.
"France is ready for the international coalition against Daesh, in which we are engaged for our operation in Iraq and Syria, to also fight against Hamas," Macron said.
The French president declared his country's willingness to leverage the international coalition to tackle Hamas, a designated terrorist entity. [Their] very objective is the destruction of the Israeli state." he said, urging global partners to band together and eliminate this threat.
In his address, Macron emphasized fighting Hamas "without mercy, but not without rules" to minimize civilian casualties. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken concurred with the sentiment.
As of writing, over 5,000 Palestinians have died in airstrikes by the Israel Defence Force (IDF), who declared war on Hamas over two weeks ago.
The U.S. augmented its Middle Eastern presence by deploying missile systems and preparing troops for the region should a second war front emerge to the north in Lebanon from Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Islamist terror group.
"We are fully prepared — when the time comes — for any action that we will carry out," said Sheikh Naim Qasem, Hezbollah’s Deputy Secretary General on October 12.
Just hours before, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian spoke in Beirut, Lebanon with Hassan Nasrallah, then leader of Hezbollah in 2006. They discussed “everyone’s responsibilities” regarding these historical events and developments.”
"Of course, in the case of the continuation of war crimes and the humanitarian blockade of Gaza and Palestine every possibility and decision by the other currents of the resistance is possible," Amirabdollahian told reporters on the possibility of a second front.
As of writing, U.S. troops are stationed in Syria and Iraq. They have encountered attacks from Islamic terror cells in the aftermath of Hamas' aggression towards Israel.
President Joe Biden also ordered its largest aircraft carrier to move closer to the Jewish state. "Let me say again — to any country, any organization, anyone thinking of taking advantage of this situation, I have one word: Don't. Don't," he said, seemingly reinforcing the warning.
Since October 7, more than 1,400 Israelis and foreign nationals from 41 countries have been killed by the governing body of the Gaza Strip.