Rabat - French President Francois Hollande did not want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend the unity rally in Paris on Sunday.
Rabat – French President Francois Hollande did not want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend the unity rally in Paris on Sunday.
In the march that was attended by more than 50 world leader, Netanyahu was seen marching just four people apart from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
According to Israeli media, Hollande sent a message to Netanyahu over the weekend asking him not to come to the French capital to take part in the march against hatred and terror, saying that his presence would be “divisive”.
Israel’s channel 2 said Holland’s national security adviser, Jacques Audibert, contacted his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, and said that the French President would prefer Netanyahu not to attend the march.
Hollande was reportedly angered by Netanyahu’s move to attend. He made an early exit as soon as it was Netanyahu’s turn to take the podium.
An Israeli source was quoted by Press TV as saying that one of the French concerns was that Netanyahu would take advantage of the rally for campaign purposes and deliver speeches, especially about the Jews in France.
Last summer, Netanyahu vowed to continue attacks on the Gaza strip until calm is restored to Israel.
The Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which began on July 7, caused the deaths of at least 2048 Palestinians and left more than 10,000 others injured.
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