Don’t they get it?
ISRAEL’S FORMER AMBASSADOR to France has expressed his dismay at support given by French Jews to Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National (FN).
Ms Le Pen won almost one in 5 votes in Sunday’s first round presidential election.
Danny Shek, who served in Paris from 2006 until last year, says that there is an increasing view among some Jews that Ms Le Pen is “cleaning house” and should be supported.
Mr Shek said: “What worries me as a Jew and as an Israeli is that more and more Jews find her appealing. There is a growing popularity for the primitive formula, ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’.
“I wrote an article on the French elections for an Israeli newspaper, in which I said this, and I had 250 talkbacks. A good 70 - 80 per cent of them said I was a fool, picking up on this idea. They thought Le Pen was someone who was cleaning house.
“The fact that one in five French voters felt comfortable enough with a party that stands for xenophobia and antisemism is horrific.”
France has the biggest Jewish community in Europe, numbering more than half a million.
Richard Pasquier, the president of Crif (the French equivalent of the Board of Deputies) says he is relaxed about the FN. There are antisemites in the party “but they are not the majority...the antisemitism is no longer a
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