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.