French ambassador called for reprimand

Israeli FM Ashkenazi reprimands French ambassador to Israel following French FM Le Drian warns Israel may become 'apartheid' state.

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Gabi Ashkenazi
Gabi Ashkenazi
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Following statements by the French Foreign Minister that Israel may become an apartheid state, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi (Blue and White) called the French ambassador to Israel for a meeting.

In the meeting, Ashkenazi told French Ambassador Eric Danon that, "The Foreign Minister's words are unacceptable, unfounded and far from reality."

"Israel expects its friends not to express themselves irresponsibly, which gives rise to extremist elements and anti-Israel activity."

On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke to RTL radio and Le Figaro newspaper, telling them that the clashes between Jews and Arabs that erupted in several Israeli cities "clearly show" that "if in the future we had a solution other than the two-state solution, we would have the ingredients of long-lasting apartheid."

He also that the "risk of apartheid is high" if Israel continued to act "according to a single-state logic" but added that "even the status quo produces that."