Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Trump Told Macron He Can Be ‘Tough With Bibi’ When It Comes To Peace Plan

President Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron last month that he is willing to convince Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept his forthcoming Middle East peace plan, Axios reported.

Trump specifically noted how the U.S. gives Israel billions of dollars in aid every year, according to four Western diplomats with knowledge of the meeting.

Trump and Macron chatted at the time of the United Nations General Assembly last month, Axios reported. Macron said that he didn’t see Netanyahu moving forward with the peace process, as “he loves the status quo.” Trump said he nearly went the same route.

Trump explained that he has been tougher on the Palestinians because they refuse to talk to the U.S.’s Middle East policy team, which is led his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But if needed, he wouldn’t be opposed to putting pressure on Netanyahu to accept the plan, he reportedly said.

“I can be as tough with Bibi as I have been with the Palestinians,” Trump reportedly said to Macron.

The White House didn’t deny the conversation when asked by Axios.

“The President believes that Prime Minister Netanyahu is committed to pursuing a comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” an official said.

This is the first time Trump said anything about pressuring Netanyahu, according to Axios.

A few days after the alleged conversation, ahead of a meeting with Netanyahu, Trump announced that he favors a two-state solution and would roll out his illusive peace plan in four months, JTA reported.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.