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December 9, 2004

French ambassador: Israelis suffer from 'anti-Frenchism'

Topics: International News

For some reason or another, the French just never seem to get it right.

Ha'aretz (Israel) is reporting today that:

The French ambassador to Israel accused Israelis on Thursday of suffering from "a mental disorder of anti-Frenchism," sparking protests from the Foreign Ministry.

"I think there is a neurosis that causes anti-Frenchism," the ambassador, Gerard Araud, told Army Radio. "This anti-French neurosis has led to France being so hated in Israel. The relationship between the two countries is very difficult. You simply love to hate us."

The deputy director general of the Foreign Ministry's European desk, Ran Curiel, told the ambassador that his comments were "unacceptable, outside of diplomatic norms, and do not contribute to the efforts of France and Israel to improve their relationship."

(...) Araud said anti-Semitism in France is no different from that in other countries in Europe, but "Israelis harass us, because we are an easier target." Two synagogues that were set alight in Europe in June elicited no Israeli reaction, Araud said, charging that one day later, "when there was some anti-Semitic graffiti on a Paris street, it made the front page of Haaretz."

I know that you've got to be saying to yourself, "This is a joke, right?" The French think that the Israelis don't love them? How could this be, the French being the French and all? Apparently, according to the French ambassador and as described in the article, the anti-French attitude in Israel is so bad that Israeli taxi drivers throw passengers out of their cabs as soon as the drivers discover they're French. Gosh, that's too bad. Do you think it might have anything to do with total French support for everything anti-Israel for years? 

Posted by Hyscience at December 9, 2004 1:27 PM

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