Report claims France didn’t want Netanyahu at Paris march

French President Francois Hollande (3rd from left) is surrounded by heads of state (from left to right) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita of Mali, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, EU Council President Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as they attend the solidarity march (March Republicaine) in the streets of Paris, January 11, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)

The French government was opposed to the idea of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending Sunday’s historic march in Paris, believing the Israeli leader’s presence at the rally would be “divisive,” Israeli media reported Sunday.

Netanyahu did not initially plan to attend the event, which was organized in a show of solidarity and defiance after terrorist attacks in the French capital, which claimed 17 lives. However, the Prime Minister changed his mind after Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett announced they would join the march, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported.

In retaliation to Netanyahu’s sudden change of heart, which came in spite of the French government’s position, the Elysee Palace extended an invitation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to the report.

The French government reportedly further chose to highlight their invite to Abbas rather than Netanyahu’s announcement regarding the event, announcing a planned meeting between French President Francois Hollande and Abbas Saturday night…

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  • Gary

    Wow, someone call Ben Afflect and Bill Maher because this photo has so many Hijab wearing women that it proves that 99.99% of the muslims denounce violence and are peaceful.

  • DVult

    If Abbas was there in good faith he would have walked arm in arm with Netanyahu. That would have made a statement. BTW, where’s Harper?

    • BillyHW

      Glad he’s not there, frankly.

    • Reader

      If you notice in all the pictures and video of the march, while all the other leaders are looking very sombre at this event, Abbas is smiling througout it.

      • DVult

        Puslums killed non-puslums. That’s what Abbas supports and promotes. Maybe they’ll name a street or park after the killers. If the French were serious they wouldn’t have allowed this pos to attend.

        • Reader

          They didn’t “allow” him to attend, they invited him!

          • DVult

            Sickening. By what chain of reasoning would they think it appropriate to invite this garbage? Much better to march to Place de la Concorde and guillotine him and the Turkish scumbag too.

          • Frau Katze

            Who is now going back to ranting about Islamophobia again, right afterwards. (I’m referring to Davutoglu.)

          • k

            Inviting him is an attempt to keep the dance of the veils going.
            If you declare war=it’s BIG TERROR
            If you play softly softly with the Muslim aggressor then you just have a few people dead at a time

            This is ok for the Muslims as they know it’s just a matter of a few decades before they become the majority vote in many countries

            Western Liberal Elites think it is ok to keep this dance going because they STILL RACISTLY believe that the Muslims will naturally come to realize that the Western way of life is a better way of life. It just takes a few generations…they just can’t fathom why anyone would want to believe in the current Sharia Law etc

    • k

      The march is pablum for the masses
      Harper made the right move!
      He believes that the Muslims are serious
      HARPER ACKNOWLEDGES THE MUSLIMS HAVE A DIFFERANT VIEW ON HOW TO LIVE LIFE = HARPER VIEWS THE MUSLIMS AS EQUAL
      However…
      The FASCIST STATUS QUO
      (fashioned after Liberalism even many Conservatives fall under this spell)
      ARE THE TRUE RACISTS AS THEY THINK THAT THE MUSLIMS COULD NOT POSSIBLY THINK THIS WAY…. THEY JUST NEED A BIT OF GUIDING… MANAGING…

  • BillyHW

    So the leader of France is meeting with a Jew-hating terrorist after Jew-hating terrorists killed Jews in a Jewish deli? And he doesn’t even want a Jewish leader around? Sounds like nothing has changed in France.

    • DVult

      The palestinians started all this terrorism nonsense and they were rewarded for it. This is the result. In order to put the terrorism genie back in the bottle, for starters, the palestinians have to be dealt with as they should have been in the beginning.

      • Frau Katze

        They’re just “activists”, as CNN informed us today.

        • Clausewitz

          Why not, the CBC has been using this polite speak for years.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    Proof that the French are too thick and dumb to learn from their mistakes. Their abominable pro-arab foreign policy shall continue unhindered by obvious arab ungratefulness. No, I expect to see people underline the presence of Netanyahu as confirmation that France is zionist puppet instead.

    Just wait and see.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    Had I been in Netanyahu’s place, I would have refused to partake in this ridiculous stroll right from the start.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Prior to his departure, Netanyahu invited French Jews to immigrate to Israel, which he called their true home. It was something that Hollande did not want to hear.

      • Destroyer-Drone

        Yes, I’m aware of that fact. Pissed off the whole media industry at the same time, kudos to him!

    • Frau Katze

      He may have felt he should go since 4 Jews were killed at the kosher grocery. I read that they’ll be buried in Israel.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As it turned out, both Hollande and Netanyahu attended a special memorial service in Paris’s grand synagogue together. Apparently, something positive happened between them.

  • luna

    Hollande must submit to the will of the Muslims who voted for him.

    • simus1

      A stupid little man who, like most socialists, assures voters he has all the easy answers to very complex problems, and proceeds to make everything worse for almost everyone once in office. With the notable exception of public service unions “support payback” whose excessive wage jumps then add to the chaos.

  • Tony

    Of course the French didn’t want Netanyahu there! He is the only western leader that has the gonads to call it like it is and then does something about it! The rest of them are mealy-mouthed apologists for all things Islamic!

    • Frau Katze

      Exactly.

  • cmh

    Of course they didn’t want him…they’re anti semitic catholics

    • DVult

      They’re lefties i.e. atheists.