French MP: Israel is a life insurance policy for Jews everywhere

French-Jewish MP reminds Marine Le Pen of her father's convictions, says Europe owes a huge debt to Jews for actions during Holocaust.

Chana Roberts,

Marine Le Pen
Marine Le Pen

French MP Meir Habib responded on Sunday to National Front Leader Marine Le Pen's promise to ban dual French-Israeli citizenship.

If implemented, the decision would affect 150,000 French citizens who live in Israel.

"Besides for the illegal aspects of this initiative, I would like to remind Mrs. Le Pen of the enormous debt Europe owes the Jewish nation," Habib said. "I would like to remind her that Israel is a kind of 'life insurance' policy for Jews everywhere in the world.

"If this country had existed 70 years ago - there would not have been a Holocaust.

"I would like to remind Le Pen that her father praised the Gestapo and the German occupation, and was indicted for several provocative statements which were said about a Jewish singer. In these statements, her father used a play on words to mention the Nazi ovens.

"Even if you don't like it, we will never demand French-Israeli citizens choose between France and Israel," Habib concluded.