Dr.Gerstenfeld’s latest article on: The Letter to President Hollande Netanyahu Did NOT Write. It was originally published by INN and reposted here with the author’s consent.
The Letter to President Hollande Netanyahu Did NOT Write
After the Nice terror attack by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who identified with ISIS and murdered 85 people, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement saying, “Israel strongly condemns the terrible terror attack. Israelis stand united with the French people. Israel is willing to help the French government fight this evil until it is defeated.”1 2 He did not say that Israel stands united with the French President and the government.
Had Netanyahu not followed diplomatic niceties, he might have written the French president the following text:
“I would like to extend my condolences to the wounded and the families of the murdered in the Nice terror attack perpetrated by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, for which ISIS claimed responsibility.3
“In writing to you, however, I am not expressing my solidarity with France or its government. Several countries, including France, directly support organizations that engage in anti-Israel incitement, calls to boycott Israel and do not recognize Israel’s right to exist. It is my intention to have this investigated.4
“French ministers, and in particular Prime Minister Manuel Valls, have done their best to say the right words to the local Jewish community regarding the fight against anti-Semitism. Responding to the increasing anti-Semitic environment in France, Mr. Valls has stated, ‘I said with my words, with my heart, and I will continue to repeat it because it is a profound conviction: without the Jews of France, France would not be France.’5
“Sympathy for terrorism is, however, expressed at lower levels of French government. In Aubervilliers, Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti has been awarded honorary citizenship.6 In Valenton, both a street and square have been named after him.7 By glorifying Barghouti, the municipalities of these towns are legitimizers of Palestinian murderous terrorism against Israeli citizens. Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences for the planning of three shooting attacks that killed five people. After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. In addition, the Palestinian Authority and the PLO have recently launched a campaign to nominate Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize.8