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French President: Anti-Zionism Is New Anti-Semitism

PM Netanyahu and French President Macron, July 16, 2017 (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO)

This weekend, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited France during his latest trip to Europe. While there, Haaretz's Barak Ravid reports, French President Macron condemned the anti-Semitism his nation is currently fighting:

"We have a responsibility to realize where and when we have failed," he said. "The underground and those who rescued Jews saved France's dignity, but the Vichy government was the reality. It's convenient and easy to see Vichy as something perpetrated by foreign agents but it was the reality. You can't build pride on a lie."

Macron condemned Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism in France today, saying that it has taken a new shape, and that anti-Zionist and anti-Israel expressions should be opposed. "It's a new type of anti-Semitism," he said.

At the ceremony, Netanyahu lauded Macron's statement from a few days ago that France in a war of civilizations against radical Islamic terrorism.

"Your struggle against militant Islam is our struggle," he said. "We must stand against them together and defeat them together."

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