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Israel PM defied France to join Paris march: Reports

AFP , Monday 12 Jan 2015
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French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by head of states including (L to R) Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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France asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay away from a weekend solidarity march in Paris but he ignored the request and attended anyway, Israeli media reported on Monday.

The same message was conveyed to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a bid to avoid the commemoration of the 17 people killed in Islamist attacks in the French capital last week being clouded by the Middle East conflict, the reports said.

But when Netanyahu rejected the appeals of the French government, Abbas was swiftly invited, Channel Two television and Israeli newspapers reported.

President Francois Hollande had wanted to "focus on solidarity with France, and to avoid anything liable to divert attention to other controversial issues, like Jewish-Muslim relations or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," the liberal Haaretz newspaper reported.

There was also concern Netanyahu would use the event to "make speeches" as he prepares for a March 17 general election, in which he is seeking a fourth term.

The request to stay away was made by Hollande's national security adviser, Jacques Audibert, to his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, and was initially accepted, Haaretz reported.

But on Saturday evening, the rightwing prime minister's hardline rivals in the governing coalition, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, announced they would travel to Paris.

"When Netanyahu heard they were going, he informed the French he would be attending the march after all."

Haaretz said that the prime minister's actions had infuriated the French president, who had demonstrated his "anger" at a ceremony at Paris's main synagogue to commemorate four Jews who were among those killed.

"Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu's turn at the podium arrived, the French president got up from his seat and made an early exit."

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M omsri
13-01-2015 01:10pm
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Craven fools
ThevFrench Left have been humiliated by their Islamic friends whom they thought they had in their pocket and the turned around and bit them on the bum. Nothing emphasises their total failure most in failing to protect their. Loyal innocent and pious citizens and then having the. Israeli premier underline their total failure of Policy by taking centre stage in the heart of Paris And then taking their bodies home to be buried in Jerusalem. For the average French Left apparatchik this was painful indeed. this was thus much more serious than the annual bonfires of all cars in Muslim suburbs of Paris.
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Key
12-01-2015 10:07pm
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Even When Amongst Themselves They Conflict
Binyameen Nitwityahoo said openly in his recent speech that there will be more attacks. All of this was too planned. Funny how "their" getaway car was parked in front of a kosher restaurant. The only way this evil will be exposed is to catch the Zionists red-handed. Until that day....the attacks against humanity will continue while arrogantly yet swiftly pinning it all on a bunch of extremists who pledge allegeance to someone in a cave calling themselves Moslems?
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Laila
12-01-2015 09:03pm
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Did France tell Abbas to stay away?
Did France tell Abbas to stay away. French imcompetence resulted in the 3rd murder of innocent Jews in Europe by a Frenchman who had all been released from jail.
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