French ambassador summoned for reprimand

French Ambassador Le Gal summoned to Foreign Ministry after colleague calls Israel 'apartheid state.'

Yoni Kempinski,

French Ambassador Hélène Le Gal with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
French Ambassador Hélène Le Gal with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
Mark Neiman/ GPO

French Ambassador to Israel Hélène Le Gal was summoned on Monday to Israel's Foreign Ministry for a dressing down after a outgoing French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud called Israel an "apartheid state."

Le Gal, who met with Rodica Radian-Gordon, was harshly reprimanded for Araud's interview with the The Atlantic, in which he criticized US President Donald Trump's "deal of the century" and said the plan allows "the more powerful [party]" to "impose terms on the weaker party."

"That’s the basis of Jared Kushner’s [peace plan]," he said then, adding that "it will be a proposal very close to what the Israelis want."

If Israel makes residents of the Palestinian Authority citizens of Israel or stateless, he explained, that would be "an apartheid" and "there will be officially an apartheid state. They are in fact already."

All Israeli officials have been banned from meeting Araud, who is expected to arrive in Israel in the coming days.




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