French diplomat involved in scuffle with troops to be expelled

Commentary By:  Gordon King

This incident is just one of many, many that occur daily in Israel.  Israeli troops being taunted, abused and physically assaulted, mainly by Palestinian civilians.  Yet the Israeli soldiers are somehow able to keep their cool and maintain a professional composure.  If this were to happen in any other country in the world today, the outcomes would be violent and aggressive towards the attackers.

I don’t know how they manage to do it, but the Israeli military has trained their soldiers well.  I congratulate and support the Israeli soldiers who have to endure this constant barrage of abuse.  My prayers and blessings go out to these brave men and women. 

Decision to force out Marion Fesneau-Castaing made without harming ties with Paris, official says

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing pushing an IDF soldier during the September incident. (Screenshot/YouTube)

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing pushing an IDF soldier during the September incident. (Screenshot/YouTube)

By Times of Israel staff September 27, 2013, 3:22 pm

In a highly unusual diplomatic incident, a French diplomat involved in an altercation with Israeli troops in the West Bank last week will leave the country in December, Israeli media reported Friday.

An Israeli official told the Israel Hayom daily that the decision to expel Marion Fesneau-Castaing was made without harming Franco-Israeli ties.

 The Israeli Foreign Ministry filed a complaint to Paris against Fesneau-Castaing, a cultural attaché at the French Consulate in Jerusalem, after she was involved in a scuffle with Israeli troops while trying to deliver emergency aid to Palestinians.

“This was an isolated incident that does not characterize relations between the two countries,” a Foreign Ministry official said.

Fesneau-Castaing had said she was manhandled by troops, but a video of the incident also showed her pushing a soldier, after she was pulled out of the aid truck.

She and a number of other activists had been attempting to deliver tents and other equipment to Palestinian families whose homes were demolished several days earlier by court order for sitting on an IDF training ground.

“If she did participate then a formal complaint will be filed because that is not the way diplomats behave,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson said after the incident.