France vs. Israel: Ambassadors Tweet Off on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
JNS.org – French Ambassador to the US Gerard Araud and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer faced off on social media about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Araud, who was formerly an ambassador to both Israel and the United Nations, retweeted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’s comment about the Syrian civil war that, “There can’t be a political negotiation when one side is murdering the other.”
Dermer tweeted back to Araud, questioning “if that wisdom will one day be applied to when Jews are being murdered in Israel.”
Although Araud did not respond to Dermer directly, he later tweeted, “Israel/Palestine. So predictable that any pretext leads one side to declare that the other one is evil.” This tweet elicited a number of responses from Twitter users, which led Araud to tweet again on the subject, “A tweet on Syria. An unrelated reaction on Israel/Palestine and an outpouring of one-sided tweets without any link with the first tweet.”
“Israel/Palestine. Feeding the passion instead of analyzing the situation from both sides is a good way to escape the real issues,” tweeted Araud.
When Araud was France’s ambassador to Israel in 2004, he complained in a radio interview that Israelis are anti-French, claiming that while anti-Semitic incidents around the world are not addressed in Israel, those that occur in France immediately make headlines, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.