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Italy, France recall Syrian ambassadors for consultations

Italy and France have recalled their ambassadors to Syria as the Assad regime’s crackdown on protesters, and the shelling of the city of Homs, continues. The move follows Britain’s recalling of its ambassador for consultations and the American closure of its embassy in Damascus. The increased pressure comes as efforts to condemn the Syrian regime … Continue reading

Interview: Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discusses France’s decision to criminalize any public denial of the 1915 Armenian genocide, as well as the current violence in Syria and the EU’s embargo on Iranian oil. France24, France

French parliament report accuses Israel of water ‘apartheid’ in West Bank

In an unprecedented report, France’s parliamentarian committee for Foreign Affairs accused Israel of apartheid in its management of water resources in the West Bank. As the Israeli Embassy in Paris had no knowledge of the report and could therefore not work to moderate it, Israeli officials called the move “a serious diplomatic mishap.” According to … Continue reading

Slamming of Europe stirs tempest in Israel

The Foreign Ministry’s statement on Wednesday slamming four European countries for their condemnation of Israel stirred a mini-tempest on Thursday… but in Israel, not Europe. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in an Israel Radio interview, characterized the angry Foreign Ministry statement as an example of being right, but not smart. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full … Continue reading

France passes ‘genocide’ bill

France put at risk its ties with Turkey, a key NATO ally and one of Europe’s fastest growing economies, on Thursday, when lawmakers debated a bill to ban the denial of the Armenian claims regarding the events of 1915. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Turkey recalls Paris envoy over genocide law: embassy

Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Paris in protest at a decision by the French parliament to back a law banning denial of the Armenian claims, a spokesman for the embassy said Thursday. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Turkey Slams France Over Genocide Bill

Turkey’s prime minister on Saturday sharply criticized France for a bill that would make it a crime to deny the World War I-era mass killing of Armenians was genocide. Saying France should investigate what he said was its own “dirty and bloody history” in Algeria and Rwanda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Turkey would respond “through all … Continue reading

Syria denies involvement in attack on UNIFIL

Syria denies involvement in a bombing that wounded five French U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon, a day after France said Damascus was probably behind the attack. The Daily Star, Lebanon Click here for the full story

Lebanon road bomb wounds French peacekeepers

A bomb struck a UN peacekeeping patrol in the Lebanese coastal town of Tyre on Friday, wounding five French soldiers, one of them severely, and two civilians, a security official and the army said. Agence France-Presse Click here for the full story

‘Exclusion from Schalit deal prompted liar remark’

The riddle of why French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a liar last month is now solved: Israel would not fly Gilad Schalit to freedom on a French aircraft. That, at least, was the reason Sarkozy gave to French Jewish leaders at a meeting late last month in Paris Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

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Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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