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Bennett meets France’s Macron in Glasgow, discusses spyware flap

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is eager to end the NSO affair and restart bilateral relations with France on a better foot.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the COP 26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Nov. 1 2021.

In Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met today with French President Emmanuel Macron. A statement issued by Bennett’s office after the meeting read, “The leaders held a good and warm private meeting. They discussed the global and regional challenges facing Israel and France, especially Iran's rapid progress in enriching uranium. Prime Minister Bennett noted that he attributes special importance to the large French community in Israel, which serves as a bridge between the two countries.”

Bennett’s statement did not mention the NSO affair, but Israeli diplomatic sources told reporters that alongside the Iranian threat, the spyware crisis was at the heart of the meeting between the leaders.

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