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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 

What it's like being Jewish & French

Tablet posts an account from the Grand Synagogue in Paris (via The Weekly Standard) about the reception Benjamin Netanyahu and Francois Hollande got and the contrast:
The first video shows the entrance of French President Fran├žois Hollande to the Grand Synagogue, followed 40 seconds or so later by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who unlike Hollande is greeted by loud and spontaneous cheering.

The fact that the crowd cheers when Netanyahu enters the synagogue has nothing to do with whether the people gathered inside are socialist or conservative voters, or would vote for Netanyahu in an election in either Israel or France, or whether they support or oppose a two-state solution or a one-state solution or continued Israeli settlement of the West Bank. As in every Jewish crowd, there are no doubt people in all camps. The reason they are cheering is far more basic, and it has to do with the harsh lesson that history has engraved into the souls of every conscious and self-aware Jew in the world today. We know that when our lives are in danger, the states where we have built businesses and professional lives and raised our children may or may not protect us, and the same is true of our friends and neighbors. That lesson of the Holocaust is simply too clear and too costly for any of us to ignore.
That should make clear what the Jewish community now thinks of Hollande, for his failure, along with several other politicians, to ensure safety earlier, and now, look how it's costing them residency of their best citizens. Hollande has to be voted out asap.

Having said that, it may be the end of residency for Jews in France, but we mustn't let it be the end of France itself. That's why politicians like Hollande have to be shown the door, because they're otherwise incompetent.

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