Israel’s UN ambassador breaks bread with Le Pen, French nationalist

From Ma’an. The French National Front is far right, and has neo-Nazi friends. Now who is delegitimizing Israel?

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor attended a luncheon for France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen “by accident,” his spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

Prosor attended the event in honor of the far-right leader at the United Nations in New York. It was Le Pen’s first meeting with an Israeli official.

Prosor’s spokeswoman Karean Peretz told AFP that the ambassador’s attendance was the result of a misunderstanding. She did not elaborate.

The French newspaper Le Monde reported that Prosor told reporters before entering the event: “I am a free man.” After the meeting, he told reporters: “We value diversity of opinions.”

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  1. Taxi says:

    An accident in his unmentionables I reckon:
    “Le Pen herself was quoted by French news agencies on Saturday, saying that the Israeli ambassador’s presence at the event “was not an error.” According to Le Pen, “Please, no one actually imagines that the ambassador burst through the wrong door.”

    “The National Front leader added, “It is impossible to converse with Marine Le Pen for 20 minutes without knowing who she is.” According to Le Pen, “There was nothing unclear or ambiguous about our meeting.”

    link to haaretz.com

  2. Krauss says:

    This was only a matter of time. Europe’s new hard right has long idolized Israel.
    In fact, even hardliner Lieberman reprimanded one of his underlings for meeting with people who had neo-nazi connections, because they espouse a ‘pro-Israel’ bent.

    Now, to be fair, Marine is turning sharply away from her father’s anti-Semitic legacy. She has been outright pandering to Jews. She’s instead focusing on what every anti-immigrant party in Europe does: the ‘creeping threat’ of Islam, and adding to that a strong, even ultra, convinction of Zionism.

    If they keep at it long enough, some Jews, sadly, are going to buy it. Here’s the Israeli media on the previous such attempt by the Israeli gov’t:

    link to ynetnews.com

  3. yourstruly says:

    something about birds of a feather flying together?

  4. eGuard says:

    I’d like Mooser here to visualise the accident by which the Israeli ambassador arrived at Le Pens meeting. Please.

  5. Les says:

    It takes one to know one.

  6. Same in the UK. The BNP, Britain’s own fascist, use Israel in their literature as an example to all racists and Klan admirers of how to get rid of ‘undesirables’, with the wrong skin colour or parents. And as we know, Israel cultivates allies in all manner of nefarious ways.

  7. Cliff says:

    Alert hophmi and the rest of the Zionist shortbus.

    Where are you guys to accuse the Israeli government of antisemitism?

    No, you only do that to peace groups, intellectuals, activists, etc. who don’t agree with your tin-foil-hat-world-view of Israel-Palestine.

  8. Citizen says:

    Given the Transfer Agreement with the Nazis, and the other fact that Israel retained its close relationship with apartheid S Africa longer than any country, this coziness with the EU neo-right wing is just more whole cloth stitched up in Zionism’s tailor shop.

    Also, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    Hell, Hannity had a segment with Pam Gellar recently–maybe Obermann should have Phil on?

  9. Come on.
    They could make up a better excuse than this “by accident” b**s**t.
    They really think people are tHAT stupid.
    “By accident”, he could have taken a sip of wine from La Pen’s glass ,
    not to show up at a party.
    I don’t think ambassadors are the ones, who crash a party.
    They usually show up invited.
    But then, what do I know?

  10. It looks from this video, that this “free man” really had “no” idea ,where he was going.
    He just went .where the wind pushed him.
    He actually did drink some wine at the paaarty.
    Maybe he, “by accident “, took a few sips from Marine Le Pen’s glass ,and this explains
    “by accident theory” of “misunderstanding”.

  11. RE: “Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor attended a
    luncheon for France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen…
    …After the meeting, he [Prosor] told reporters: ‘We value diversity
    of opinions.’ ” ~ Ma’an News Agency

    MY COMMENT: Norman Finkelstein, Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky (just to name a few people) will be relieved to hear that!

    FROM WIKIPEDIA:

    (excerpt)…On May 23, 2008 [Norman] Finkelstein was denied entry to Israel, according to unnamed Shin Bet security officials, because “of suspicions involving hostile elements in Lebanon” and that he “did not give a full accounting to interrogators with regard to these suspicions.” Finkelstein had previously visited south Lebanon and met with Lebanese families during the 2006 Lebanon War.[55] He was banned from entering Israel for 10 years.[56] [57]
    Finkelstein was questioned after his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and detained for 24 hours in a holding cell. After speaking to Israeli attorney Michael Sfard he was placed on a flight back to Amsterdam, his point of origin. In an interview with Haaretz, Finkelstein stated “I did my best to provide absolutely candid and comprehensive answers to all the questions put to me. I am confident that I have nothing to hide… no suicide missions or secret rendezvous with terrorist organizations.”[58] He had been travelling to visit friends in the West Bank and stated he had no interest in visiting Israel. Sfard said banning Finkelstein from entering the country “recalls the behavior of the Soviet bloc countries.”[58]
    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    (excerpts)…[Desmond] Tutu was named to head a United Nations fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, where, in a November 2006 incident the Israel Defense Forces killed 19 civilians after troops wound up a week-long incursion aimed at curbing Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel from the town.[72] Tutu planned to travel to the Palestinian territory to “assess the situation of victims, address the needs of survivors and make recommendations on ways and means to protect Palestinian civilians against further Israeli assaults,” according to the president of the UN Human Rights Council, Luis Alfonso De Alba.[73] Israeli officials expressed concern that the report would be biased against Israel. Tutu cancelled the trip in mid-December, saying that Israel had refused to grant him the necessary travel clearance after more than a week of discussions.[74]… …US attorney Alan Dershowitz referred to Tutu as a “racist and a bigot” during the controversial Durban II conference in April 2009.[51]…
    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    (excerpt)…On May 16, 2010, Israeli authorities detained [Noam] Chomsky and ultimately refused his entry to the West Bank via Jordan.[102] A spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister indicated that the refusal of entry was simply due to a border guard who “overstepped his authority” and a second attempt to enter would likely be allowed.[103] Chomsky disagreed, saying that the Interior Ministry official who interviewed him was taking instructions from his superiors.[103] Chomsky maintained that based on the several hours of interviewing, he was denied entry because of the things he says and because he was visiting a university in the West Bank but no Israeli universities.[103]
    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • yeap.” We value diversity of opinions”.
      And Stalin, after winnig “free” elections with 100% voices said: “there was never, ever such a democracy like ours”.
      He didn’t mention though, that those, who would dare not to vote for him could say bye, bye to a daylight.

  12. Whizdom says:

    Stay classy, Ron. What was this guy thinking?

  13. Kathleen says:

    Israel has to be pissed at the French voted yes on the Unesco vote for Palestine

    • Whizdom says:

      I think you nailed, it. Israel, via Prosor, was sending a message to Sarkozy, “vote our way” , or we will support your opposition, however batshit crazy.

  14. annie says:

    so what’s changed? zionist leaders break bread with whoever serves their purpose. it’s happened before and will happen again. neo, or old school they’ve worked with them before and i guess they will work with them in the future. kinda gross but no one should be surprised.

  15. Fascists of the world, Unite!

    Zionism is such a form of national socialism. In the 19th new groups of ‘people’ emerged in Europe that had never been referred to such in the same way before, such as the Italian people, the German people, and the Jewish people. In the 20th century leaders of these ‘peoples’ emerged who maintained that they needed to purify their societies and claim lands they to which they had an ancient right and in which anyone who was not the right kind of ‘people’ who have to leave or accept 2nd class status. Mussolini told Italians that ‘a great people needs space’ and that the Meditteranean was ‘Mare Nostra’ (Our Sea). The National Socialist German Workers (NAZI) party claimed ‘lebensraum’ in eastern europe. Zionists claimed Palestine, although they hesitated and almost opted for other places like uganda. Zionism is colonial and fascism combined. Israel is Europe’s last colony.

  16. Theo says:

    On the logic: Any enemy of my enemy is a friend of mine.
    Le Pen and his gang are against the fast growing arab population of France, thus a good partner for Israel.