“If the French president will not address the MKs he should not visit the Knesset at all:.
These are the words of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. He is boycotting the the visit after of Francois Hollande after the French president decided not to appear before the Knesset, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
The French president’s upcoming visit to Israel has stirred a diplomatic firestorm which may put a strain on relations between Jerusalem and Paris. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein is boycotting the visit after Francois Hollande decided not to appear before the Knesset, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
Hollande is expected to arrive in Israel in late November for a three-day state visit. Ahead of the visit, the French Embassy approached the Speaker’s chambers to coordinate a meeting with Edelstein and a speech at the plenum.
It should be noted that protocol does not require a foreign head of state visiting Israel to appear before the Knesset. Such speeches are usually arranged on the invitation of the Knesset or on the guest’s initiative.
However, the Élysée Palace recently decided that Hollande should speak directly to the Israeli people at one of Israel’s universities, instead of appearing before parliament, similarly to President Barack Obama’s decision during his March visit. The Palace stressed that the president would still visit the Knesset and meet with Edelstein as planned.
An outraged Edelstein told the embassy if the president will not address the MKs he should not visit the Knesset at all. He therefore ordered that the Knesset visit be canceled as well as his own meeting with Hollande.
He went further by stating that “until further notice” the French ambassador and other French officials visiting Israel will not be invited to formal gatherings at the Knesset due to “an offence to the Israeli parliament.”
Israel being the lone democracy in the Middle East, facing growing isolation.
Nations like France rather like to rub the back on Islamic dictators, than to pay respect to the Israeli Parliament and its elected politicians.
Francois Hollande is not different from other European leaders, who like to preach for he 9 o’clock news at home. To greet some Arab female student in an Israeli University, might give them some few second on prime time TV at home.
To talk about Israel’s fight for democracy and human rights in the Knesset, is a non starter in anti-Zionist Europe.
What the Europeans sow, they will reap. All who curse Israel shall reap eternal condemnation.
Written by Ivar