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France "urged" Israel to invade Syria

March 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

Israeli Army Radio is reporting that France urged Israel to invade Syria and topple Bashar As-Assad’s government at the start of the war on Lebanon last summer.

They say it was because of Syria’s backing for Hizbollah (which threatened the stability of Fouad Siniora’s French-backed Lebanese government) and because France blamed Syria for killing Rafiq Al-Hariri, a close friend of French president Jacques Chirac.

This came at the start of the war, in a secret conversation between Chirac and Olmert.

I find this highly dubious, though. It is a well timed move to embarrass France, just days after France gave its blessing to a high-level EU mission to Damascus. Israel was fuming when EU Foreign Minister Javier Solana said he backed Syria’s attempts to liberate the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Don’t forget, it was France which appeared most angered by the war – at least in public. And it was French soldiers (working for the UN) in Lebanon which threatened to shoot Israeli jets if they flew over Lebanese territory again.

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  • 1 Anonymous // Mar 19, 2007 at 10.39 am

    ASSAD must be pissed off, with France showing all this support to
    Lebanon.

    If its not Chirac, all the future leaders of France have thrown their support behind Lebanon..

  • 2 KJ // Mar 19, 2007 at 6.37 pm

    But it IS an Israel radio station, right?

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