Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated his stance that he will not recognize Palestine as a state because he would rather not spoil French relations with Israel.

Prior to the win, Macron said that he backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that recognizing Palestine would cause instability, and he would not risk France’s relationship with Israel to serve the Palestinian agenda.

At a political rally during his electoral campaign, Macron said: “Unilateral recognition of Palestine, right now, will undermine stability.”

The centrist politician won with 65 percent of the vote, to 34 percent for Le Pen, according to Days of Palestine.