Dr.Gerstenfeld’s interview with Ambassador Emeritus (ret.) Freddy Eytan on French-Israeli relations under President Hollande.  It was published in Israel National News in anticipation of the visit of Prime Minister Valls of France to Israel in the coming days, and republished here with the author’s permission.

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Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Freddy Eytan

Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld“Prior to his election, François Hollande, President of France, had not developed close ties with the Jewish community, in contrast with the two previous right wing presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac. As far as Israel is concerned, Hollande follows a basic policy line similar to that of previous socialist leaders such as Leon Blum and François Mitterrand. Their guiding principle is support for the existence of a Jewish state in secure and recognized borders. At the same time, the Palestinian people should have self-determination in a state alongside Israel.”

Freddy Eytan is a journalist and former diplomat. He was Israel’s ambassador to Mauritania and also served in Israel’s embassies in Paris and Brussels. He is an expert on France’s Middle East policy and has published twenty books, among them Sarkozy, the Jewish World and Israel, published in French in 2009 by the Alphée publishing house in Paris.

“One key element of Hollande’s foreign policy is that he wants a strong France closely bonded with Germany in the European Union. He is suspicious of the United States and was furious with Obama for his second thoughts on overturning the Assad regime in Syria, reversing his position on the issue at the last minute. Since then relations between Paris and Washington have remained tense. In military operations, such as in Mali, Hollande prefers that France should go it alone.

“In his program for the 2012 Presidential elections, the Palestinian-Israel conflict only figured in 12th place. In the Middle East, apart from his desire to get rid of Assad, Hollande saw the rise of ISIS and in particular that of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a strategic menace. In contrast to Obama’s actions, Hollande has reinforced France’s relations with the Egyptian President General El-Sisi, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. He was also far less conciliatory toward the Iranian nuclear project than the Americans, who sought an agreement at any cost.

“Hollande keeps the Palestinian-Israel conflict separate from bilateral French-Israeli relations. Bilateral French-Israeli relations have significantly improved and are currently the best they have been since Israel’s honeymoon with the French socialists in the 1950s. Both countries now have more interests in common. The wave of Muslim terror in Europe requires collaboration and exchange of information between their intelligence services. Military relationships have improved, together with economic interactions. Nowadays several major French companies are represented in Israel including the EDF energy group and the Alsthom transport company.

“At the same time however, France maintains its ‘automatic’ favorable attitude toward the Palestinians. Chirac offered the PLO a diplomatic office in 1974. Mitterrand received Arafat in 1989 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, and under Sarkozy, France voted in favor of the Palestinians joining UNESCO.

“In line with this automatic stance, under Hollande’s leadership France supported a scandalous motion ignoring the Jewish connection with the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a strongly worded letter to Hollande to protest the motion. In Hollande’s somewhat bizarre reply, he explained that there had been a technical error and a misunderstanding. French Jewish leaders, including the Chief Rabbi Haim Corsia reacted far more forcefully than the Israeli foreign office, which limited itself to the publication of a communique on the matter.

“Another negative development is the almost obsessive French plan for an international conference on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. France sees here an opportunity to insert itself in the vacuum left by the Obama administration.

“The French parliament, with its socialist majority, voted in favor of the recognition of a Palestinian state. This was an important, albeit symbolic vote. Only the government can formalize such a decision, something it has not done. Hollande had to take into account here the power of the pro-Palestinian left wing in his socialist party, as well as the Green party. As Hollande is the least popular post-war French president to date, he will need all the support he can get if he wants to have a chance in the 2017 presidential elections.

“Under Hollande’s presidency, France has known a number of murderous terrorist attacks by Muslims, both against non-Jews and Jews. Since last November a state of emergency has been declared. Since the murders of four Jews in Toulouse in 2012 the security around Jewish synagogues and schools has been greatly reinforced.

“France’s current Prime Minister Manuel Valls, has on many occasions expressed great admiration for French Jewry. Both Hollande and Valls have come out strongly against anti-Semitism. Yet they viewed Netanyahu’s calls urging French Jews to move to Israel in a bad light, seeing this as interference in the country’s internal affairs.

“All deadly terrorist attacks against Jews have been committed by French Muslims. Despite the state of emergency and the massive presence of police and the military in the streets, there is still a feeling of insecurity in the country. This feeling is particularly strong among Jews.

“The first round of the French presidential elections will be held in April 2017. The political campaigns have already begun. It is already apparent that this will be a rude and noisy battle, which will strengthen extremists in both the left and right camp. What that means for the Jews remains to be seen.”


Yet another Orwellian named conference……

They’re not fooling anyone, and for a return gesture the Israeli’s should recognize a Basque state in France.

French presidential candidate Francois Hollande dust up

The French are prone to Jew hatred, this much we do know. The debunked (and very antisemitic) meme of “the Israelis are holding up the breakout of real peace throughout the entire Middle East region” is still the driving force in diplomatic circles, and heavily steeped in the Jew hating canard of the Jew being the poisoners of wells.

France believes it can solve peace in the Middle East without actually involving the Israelis or the Palestinians. But in reality, I don’t think that’s their goal at all:

CBN NEWS – France says it will go ahead with its Middle East peace conference at the end of the month despite Israel’s objections.

Following meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters France has not changed its mind.

The French plan is to host dozens of foreign ministers on May 30 ostensibly to jump start the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. That conference, which excludes Israel and the P.A., will be followed by another later in the year. If that doesn’t bring the desired results, France says it will unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state.

While the P.A. welcomes the French initiative, Israel rejects it.

“This morning I met with the French foreign minister,” Netanyahu said at the cabinet meeting. “I told him that the scandalous UNESCO decision, which was supported by France, that does not recognize the Jewish people’s ties – which are thousands of years old – to the Temple Mount, casts a shadow on the fairness of any forum that France tries to convene.”

The UNESCO resolution, which France supported, denies any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.


I emboldened what I believe the actual end-game goal here is, which is for France to recognize a Palestinian state. I mean, how can it not be? Do they really believe that can get the negotiations restarted so that it ends in an actual peace agreement? The premise itself is absurd, that there even can be or should be peace.

More here.


And why is this Iranian Islamonazi jaw jawing it with French officials?

Because France, like many states in Europe value Iranian markets more than the lives of their own people, let alone those of the Jewish state of Israel that it has sworn to wipe off the face of map.


A member of the activist group Femen made it look like she was hanged off a bridge in Paris. It was in protest to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Paris. Despite Iran’s horrendous human rights record, France is selling them 100 Airbus planes.

Video here. H/T: Vlad


First, here is the video Vlad had, translated and subtitled, of the retired general speaking just before his arrest by municipal police who were unlawfully deployed at the event.

H/T: Gaia

French police union files complaint against Calais after RT video of general’s arrest

Published time: 7 Feb, 2016 17:33

The French National Municipal Police Professional Union (SDPM) has filed a complaint over the actions of the Calais local authorities after the publication of an RT video showing the arrest of General Christian Piquemal during PEGIDA’s rally on Saturday.
The French National Municipal Police Professional Union (SDPM) has filed a complaint over the actions of the Calais local authorities after the publication of an RT video showing the arrest of General Christian Piquemal during PEGIDA’s rally on Saturday.

The SDPM filed a protest over the unlawful deployment of Calais municipal police during the anti-immigrant demonstration in the city on Saturday. The unsanctioned rally was organized by the PEGIDA movement and ended up in clashes between protesters and police officers.

“One can see a municipal police officer wearing a regulation uniform and carrying law enforcement equipment against the background of a moving crowd,” a statement published on the SDPM official website says, referring to a video uploaded to YouTube by RT France.

More here.


Necessary questions needed to be asked.

If the French Socialists are defeated in future parliamentary and presidential elections, should Israel indeed have any preference for contacts with them over the Front National? The very act of voicing such a question may seem heretical to many due to long term cultural constraints, but given the ruling Socialists’ recent negativity toward Israel in the international arena, it must be asked. It is clear that in the event Israel does choose to develop contacts with the FN, the connection should be built up very gradually, constantly reviewing that party’s attitudes on issues important to Israel. This is particularly true if Jean Marie Le Pen returns to the party.


Manfred Gerstenfeld

Dr.Manfred GerstenfeldThe recent regional elections in France have once again confirmed that the right wing Front National (FN) has become a major force in the country’s politics. In the first round it won 28% of the vote, more than any other party, coming first in six of the thirteen French regions.1 However in the second round, the FN did not win in any region. This was due to several factors, primarily the elimination of small left wing and right wing parties which had not passed the voting threshold, the significant increase in the number of voters and the withdrawal of Socialist lists in two of the regions. Even though the FN has not achieved control of any region, its tally of 6.7 million votes in the second round has set a new record for the party.

Many French Jews have consistently watched the FN with great suspicion. Its founder, the now 87 years old Jean Marie Le Pen, has always been an outspoken anti-Semite, and frequently minimized the importance and extent of the Holocaust. In April 2015 he called Nazi gas chambers a “detail” of history. The older Le Pen was condemned several times for anti-Semitic statements. He was expelled from the FN in August 2015.2

Marine Le Pen, his daughter, has been FN party leader since 2011. In an interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel she explained her views.3 The younger Le Pen is in favor of bringing back the French franc to replace the Euro. She wants France to exit from the European Union. The party is against globalization, and seeks to pursue an economic policy with strong isolationist elements.

The FN does not mention Muslims specifically, but is explicitly anti-immigration and non-integration. Le Pen has come out against alternative school menus which do not contain pork, for example.4 In 2010 she compared Muslims praying in the street to the German occupation of France. It led to a court case, in which she was acquitted.5

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But mosques are like synagogues and churches right….? Wrong! 

They’re staging areas for taking over that corner of society.



(Note: I differ with Raymond as far as Christianity “abrogating” Judaism is concerned. Yes Jesus laid down new understandings on Judaism which made up the new Christian perspective/faith. Jews however, can accurately lay claim to doing that themselves throughout their great diaspora period. How much impact Christianity had upon Jewish thought, is for others to decipher.)

Ammunition, IS propaganda found after France mosque closure

© AFP/File | Mohammed Ramdane, president of the Lagny-sur-Marne Mosque Association, answers questions December 2, 2015 after the closure of his prayer hall by French authorities in the wake of the November 13 Paris attacks The mosque was recently closed after a police search during the state of emergency following the November 13 attacks which killed 130 people. Ramdane lamented the closure of the mosque where the police “found nothing”.


Kalashnikov ammunition and Islamic State propaganda videos were seized in raids following the closure of a mosque in the Paris suburbs, French authorities said Sunday.

The prayer hall in Lagny-sur-Marne, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) east of the capital, was shut down last Wednesday following a large-scale police operation.

Associated with the traditionalist Salafist branch of Islam, it is the third mosque in France to be closed after the coordinated jihadist attacks on Paris on November 13.

The prefect — the highest representative of the state — in the Seine-and-Marne department said Sunday “7.62mm ammunition for a Kalashnikov rifle and propaganda videos” for the Islamic State group had been found in raids linked to the closure of the prayer hall.

The locations of the raids were not given.

More here. H/T: Tommy Robinson


French maroon…….

You mean to tell me that he actually believes he would be safer if his security crew would be unarmed? Hardly.

French Amb on Trump Gun Rights Claim: ‘Only in the Movies’ Does Someone Use a Gun to Defend Himself


Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud defend a tweet he had posted in response to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump immediately following the terror attacks in Paris earlier this month. Araud described Trump as a “vulture” for a tweet Trump had made earlier in the year following the January attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Araud acknowledged he deleted the tweet, explaining it was immediately as his home country was reeling from the attacks, but doubled down on the sentiment he originally conveyed, which was using a gun to defend themselves in such a situation is something “only in the movies.”

More here.


Is there any wonder why Jews are leaving in masse from France to safer shores?

It also goes to underline the necessity for the existence of the Jewish state, a safety valve for Jews during extreme times of anti-Semitism around the world.

ISIS supporters stab teacher at Jewish school in France, prosecutors say


5 devout muslims arrested, police deny them their islamic jihad experience.

French police carry out 150 raids targeting suspected Islamists

paris raids on muslims 16.11.2015

Paris (AFP) – French police have carried out “more than 150” raids on suspected Islamists since the attacks on Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday, as a source in the southeastern city of Lyon said an arsenal of weapons had been seized there.

Police sources in Paris said “several dozen” pre-dawn raids were carried out in French cities on Monday, including in Bobigny, an eastern suburb of the capital.

Thirteen raids were carried out around the southeastern French city of Lyon, a local police source said.

They led to five arrests and the seizure of “an arsenal of weapons,” including a rocket launcher, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, bulletproof vests, handguns and combat gear, the source said.

More here.


Islamic State threatened France with bodies and blood flowing on their streets this past summer, they are now saying that this is just the start.

All the more worthwhile to take the fight to them, literally carpet bomb these bastards into oblivion, not one rock or brick left upon the other. That is the only way to keep them from our doors, blow them off the face of the earth.

‘This attack is just the start’: ISIS claims responsibility for terror atrocities in Paris that killed at least 129 people and warns there is more to come

Victims: Wounded concertgoers are helped to safety by French special forces. ISIS said that it attacked the rock show because the fans were 'idolaters'

Victims: Wounded concertgoers are helped to safety by French special forces. ISIS said that it attacked the rock show because the fans were ‘idolaters’

  • Terror group claimed responsibility in chilling statement issued on Saturday morning
  • Statement singled out France because of its anti-ISIS bombing campaign
  • Said it bombed Stade de France to hit ‘imbecile’ Hollande and targeted the Batalcan because it was full of ‘idolaters’
  • Terrorists also attacked bars and restaurants in eastern Paris in attack that left more than 120 dead
  • See more of the latest news and updates on the Paris terror attacks 

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the coordinated terror attacks in Paris which killed at least 129 people, and warned that more will follow.

A statement released by the extremist group said it masterminded the horrifying attacks on the French capital in revenge for ‘insulting’ the prophet Muhammad.

The terror group singled out France for its involvement in the bombing campaign against ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria and said it murdered French citizens because the nation ‘boasted’ about its military contribution.

Revenge: A statement in French and Arabic said that France is the highest-priority target for ISIS because of their military intervention in Iraq and Syria

Revenge: A statement in French and Arabic said that France is the highest-priority target for ISIS because of their military intervention in Iraq and Syria

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Dropping 20 bombs is not “massive”, this is:


France launches wave of ‘massive’ bombing raids on ISIS targets, throwing jihadist group’s Syrian capital Raqqa into panic as recruitment centre and training camp are blitzed

France drops bombs on ISIS stronghold of Raqqa after Paris attacks

French fighter jets have carried out a series of ‘massive’ air strikes on Raqqa, destroying a key ISIS command centre and training camp in Syria. The heavy bombing raid comes just two days after the group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 128 people, the defence ministry said. ‘The raid … including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped,’ the statement said.

The French jets took off from air bases in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates and using intelligence from U.S. forces, the jets bombed a command centre, recruitment centre for jihadists, a munitions depot and a training camp for fighters, it said. The revenge airstrikes in Syria comes as French police broadcast the name and image of Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old born in Brussels, across Europe, warning that he is very dangerous.

More here.


The very same kind Israel is forced to use in Judea and Samaria and in Israel proper due to Islamic terrorists.

France reinstates border checks in wake of terrorist attacks and announces they will implement checks across ALL entry points into the country

President Francois Hollande announced a state of emergency in France late Friday night, implementing border checks to the country

President Francois Hollande announced a state of emergency in France late Friday night, implementing border checks to the country

  • President Francois Hollande announced a state of emergency in France late Friday night
  •  It was announced that the country would implement border controls with checks at all crossings and entry points
  • Flights into France as well as trains were continuing despite the border closing, though there were numerous cancellations 
  • Belgium also announced early Saturday that controls would be put in place for all those entering the country from France 

President Francois Hollande announced a state of emergency in France late Friday night after a wave of terrorist attacks claimed the lives of over 150 people.

‘It’s a horror,’said President Hollande of the attacks that took place at six sits including two restaurants, a popular concert hall and a bar outside the Stade de France – where Hollande himself was watching a match between France and Germany.

‘This is a terrible ordeal that again assails us. We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are.’

It was also announced that the country would implement border controls with checks at all crossings and entry points including roads, rails, sea and aviation.

A curfew has also been set for the city of Paris and Hollande said he will not attend the G-20 summit in Turkey on Saturday.

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And yes, it very well could have been much much worse, if they (Islamic terrorists) had waited for the people to file out of the stadium after the game.

The chilling moment two explosions rang out at France’s national stadium during football match when suicide bombers detonated nearby killing six 

Supporters of both France and Germany are being held in the stadium until they can be safely evacuated 

Supporters of both France and Germany are being held in the stadium until they can be safely evacuated 

Despite the terrifying explosion, the game continued before thousands of the terrified fans gathered on the pitch at the Stade de France.

Shortly after the full time whistle of Friday night’s friendly game against Germany, fans were evacuated as further co-ordinated terrorist attacks were being carried out in the city.

  • Three fans have been killed after a suicide bomber detonated explosives 
  • Fans attending the international friendly match between France and Germany at the Stade de France were gathered on the pitch 
  • Police slowly evacuated the crowds as safely as they could
  • A gunman opened fire nearby with dozens of people left dead

Chilling footage has emerged as at least one suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the Stade de France, causing thousand of fans to desperately try to flee the stands during the France and Germany game this evening.

Filmed by a fan, the video shows a French player in possession of the ball before a huge explosion can be heard in the background.

At least one terrorist is thought to have detonated a explosive device whilst trying to enter Gate J of the stadium, killing at least three fans.

DEFIANT: Fans sing national anthem

Terrified and confused, fans wait on the pitch following the devastating attacks in Paris 

Terrified and confused, fans wait on the pitch following the devastating attacks in Paris

Thousands of fans poured on to the pitch following the final whistle of the France vs Germany game

Thousands of fans poured on to the pitch following the final whistle of the France vs Germany game

France and Germany fans are brought onto the pitch at the Stade de France after a terror attack in Paris

France and Germany fans are brought onto the pitch at the Stade de France after a terror attack in Paris

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It’s what we all warned about and feared was coming, only a matter of time.

Bloodbath in Paris: 150 killed as jihadist gunmen blow themselves up at concert and Kalashnikov-wielding terrorist opens fire in restaurant. Suicide bombers detonate near Stade de France

Paris attack sees 150 dead after Eagles of Death Metal concert hostages are killed

WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: Paris was gripped by terror last night following a series of terror attacks which killed more than 150 people across the French capital. As many as 118 were massacred at a rock concert in the Bataclan theatre, where three terrorists were holding hundreds of people hostage. They detonated their explosive vests when police raided the theatre to rescue the hostages (top and bottom right). Elsewhere, 11 people were killed when fanatics opened fire on a Cambodian restaurant on Rue Bichat (main) and two suicide bombers blew themselves up near the Stade de France where the French football team was playing Germany.

President Francois Hollande had to be evacuated from the stadium and eventually declared a national state of emergency. He has deployed 1,500 extra troops in the city in the wake of the terrifying attacks which ISIS supporters have been celebrating online. Investigators said at least eight attackers were dead by the end of the violence – the bloodiest in Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004 – with seven of them having blown themselves up.

French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris

French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris

A soldier stands by victims in the 10th district of Paris where an AK47 wielding fanatic gunned down 11 people at a Cambodian restaurant

A soldier stands by victims in the 10th district of Paris where an AK47 wielding fanatic gunned down 11 people at a Cambodian restaurant

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A caveat to my US readers.

Le Pen mentions (slaps) the U.S. a few times as well in her blistering speech to Germany’s Merkel and France’s Hollande, but it has to be given some context. For one, US leaders over the decades have been pushing European leaders to develop a more single integrated political “union”, at the expense of common sense and reason. Hence the rise of the EU as a political energized entity.

Wanting a single address in Europe for many US politicians and analysts (out of political expediency), is more preferable to a continent of nations states where people are ruled by themselves. But this only explains in part, what I believe Le Pen has against the US. Her other views about the US, “world dominance” bla bla bla, are just plain loony, they are not valid criticisms.

But her words directed against the leaders of France and Germany, tyrants in every sense of the word, whom Obama no doubt, holds with the greatest of esteem for their socialist policies and hard fisted rule by decree, are spot on.

NOTE: Also, her willingness to court Iran in spite of what we all know about Iran, and what it has stated it will do, is very worrisome indeed.

H/T & Upload: Vlad


Or more precisely:

islam in france

The analogy is correct.

What Muslims do in these streets is showing a political force, political muscle, with the intention of intimidating the local population, for non-Muslims and secularized muslims alike. They are in fact occupiers, saying so is an act of verbalized truth, and a public service.

NOTE: Do observe that in post enlightenment Europe, criticizing religious and political power is once again forbidden.


PARIS (Reuters) French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen will go on trial for comparing Muslim street prayers to wartime Nazi occupation, party officials and the prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

Le Pen, whom polls see likely to win a regional election in northern France in December, has widened the National Front’s appeal since she took its helm in 2011 by expelling extremists and cracking down on anti-Semitism.

But the party also thrives on concerns over immigration and radical Islam. In a meeting in 2010, Le Pen criticised Muslims praying in the streets when mosques are full.

She will be judged on Oct. 20 over charges of “incitement to discrimination over people’s religious beliefs,” the prosecutor’s office in Lyon said.



Polite golf clap.

The council’s text went even further declaring that “Christian refugees will not put others in danger, they would not attack trains armed with Kalashnikovs and would not gun down journalists in an editorial meeting,” referring to the recent foiled attack by an Islamist gunman on a train, and to the massacre at the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.

Anti-Islam rhetoric mars French refugee response

Anti-Islam rhetoric mars French refugee response

The anti-Muslim stance of some French mayors has angered Muslim leaders. Photo: AFP

Published: 09 Sep 2015 15:31 GMT+02:00

Further inflammatory statements about refugees by some mayors in France continued to mar the French response to the refugee crisis on Wednesday as well as infuriate the government and Muslim community leaders.

After two centre-right mayors declared this week they only wanted to accept Christian refugees to keep out potential Islamist terrorists, there was even worse to come on Wednesday from the eastern town of Charvieu-Chavagneux.

A memo, unanimously approved by the council, said the town only wanted to accept Christian refugees because they “wouldn’t proceed to cut off the heads of their bosses”.

The town of Charvieu-Chavagneux, is home to around 8,000 inhabitants and stands just 15km from where Islamic extremist Yassin Salhi decapitated his boss in June, before trying to blow up a factory.