Legislative. Paris reportedly protested against “unacceptable” public support of an Israeli minister for the RN

It is “a diplomatic bomb”, according to an Israeli source, who “damaged relations with France”, according to diplomats questioned by Ha’Aretz. Amichai Chikli, a minister from the radical right, ““has very openly displayed his support for Marine Le Pen’s party” during the campaign for the legislative elections.

A few days before the elections, the president Emmanuel Macron would have lamented, in a conversation with Benjamin Netanyahuan interference “unacceptable” of the Minister of the Diaspora in the internal affairs of France, reports the Israeli site Walla! Tuesday July 9, relayed by Ha’Aretz.

And despite the commitment made at the time by the Israeli Prime Minister, Amichai Chikli “continued his statements on the subject in recent days, even after the defeat of Le Pen’s party,” writes the left-wing newspaper.

Break with the country’s traditional line

“It would be excellent for Israel if (she) were president of France, absolutely,” estimated on the radio, at the beginning of July, this former deputy of Likud, Netanyahu’s party, assuring moreover that the Prime Minister shared his position. At the end of June, he welcomed and relayed on X, with Hebrew subtitles, a speech by Jordan Bardella who considered a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict obsolete, reports Ha’Aretz.

In doing so, Chikli “broke with Israel’s official boycott of the National Rally,” wrote then the same newspaper.

In May, the Minister of the Diaspora had already met Marine Le Pen in Madrid, during a convention organized by the Spanish far-right party Vox.

“An Israeli diplomatic source says Chikli is acting completely independently in establishing links with far-right parties in Europe,” reports Ha’Aretz. Diplomats from the country are “green with rage”, according to the newspaper. The minister persists and signs: “Macron has let down the Jewish community, I stand by what I said,” he said in an interview on Monday, July 8.

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