Israel’s Foreign Ministry accused France’s consul general in Jerusalem of “denying Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.”

The statement by Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, came in response to remarks made last month by Consul General Frederic Desagneaux in a speech on archaeology. Desagneaux spoke of “the important archaeological projects that French archaeologists had helped to uncover in Palestine,” including the Qumran Caves.

Advertisement

Desagneaux also praised French archaeologists for “helping to discover Palestine.” An approved copy of his speech mentions, in this context, the Qumran Caves, where archaeologists discovered the collection of biblical texts knows as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The text does not contain the word “Jewish” and Israel appears in it once, in a sentence about the “Israel-Palestinian conflict.”

“We have seen how important these heritage sites are to international recognition of Palestine, and France intends to continue to lead the movement to recognize the Palestinians’ management of these sites,” he said, according to the copy of his speech published on the website of the consulate.

Palmor confirmed to JTA that the ministry had expressed “shock that that the French consul general was joining forces with those who would rewrite history to reflect specific agendas and erase the Jewish and Israeli connection to the Land of Israel.”

“It is unworthy of an official representative of France to provide assistance to this kind of propaganda, at the expense of fairness and historical truth,” Palmor said.

Biography of the General Consul Frédéric Desagneaux (Source: French consulate website)

Frédéric Desagneaux, was born in 1957, he graduated from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris.

His first post was in Iraq in 1979. Then he moved to Khartoum (1981-1983) as Deputy Consul and to Muscat as Vice Secretary (1983-1986).

From 1986 to 1988, he went back to France at the Central Administration (Northern Africa and Middle East-Africa Department.)

Between 1988 and 1991 he was Deputy Consul in Tehran.

From 1991 to 1994, he returned to the Central Administration (Information, Press and Communications Department).

May 10, 1994 he was named and given the title of Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

From 1994 to 1998, he was First Secretary at the French Permanent Mission to the UN.

From 1998 to 2003 he held the position of Deputy Spokesperson for the Presidency of the French Republic.

Between 2003 and 2007, he was sent as Consul General to San Francisco.

Between 2007 and 2009, he held the position of Vice Director of Communication and Information Department and Spokesman of the Central Administration.

He came into office as Consul General in Jerusalem in August 2009.

Mr. Desagneaux is a knight in the French National Order of Merit.

Advertisement

33 COMMENTS

  1. THESE GUYS NEVER FOUGHT REALLY…ALONE THEY LOOSED ALL THE BATTLES AFTER NAPOLEON… IN 1871 THEY LOST TO THE GERMASNS. IN 1917 THEY WERE RESCUED BY THE AMERICANS. IN 1944 THEY WERE RESCUED BY THE AMERICANS, BRITISH, CANADIANS AND AUSTRALIANS, A LOT OF THEM JEWS…

  2. Monsieur Desagneaux should have attended the Sorbonne instead. The word "Jewish" was first used to described anyone associated with the Tribe of Judah, not all of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The word "Jewish" itself was first used in European documents going back to the 11th century C.E. In Genesis 32:28, it states "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel…." Genesis is believed to have been written in the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.E. The Dead Sea Scrolls were believed to have been written from 200 B.C.E to 68 C.E. So Genesis predates the Dead Sea Scrolls. When you become a diplomat, at less get an education. Madame Curie did, and she won two Nobel Prizes. I would hate to think that she won them for being Polish, and not French.

  3. You need to do some more research. The outnumbered French Army stopped the Germans at the First Battle of the Marne in 1914. The Germans would never get as close to Paris for the rest of the war. It is simply not true that France was "rescued" then.

    A major problem in 1940 was that much of the French Right preferred the Nazis to the Popular Front. And in 1870 most French people were sick and tired of Napoleon III — who had started the war — and were quite happy to see him captured by the Prussians. (France was declared a Republic two days later; unfortunately the Prussians had captured the entire French Army along with Napoleon III.)

  4. I just did a bit of internet research on the French Consulate in Jerusalem. It does NOT answer to the French Embassy in Tel Aviv. It mostly serves the Palestinian Authority. Desagneaux has had multiple diplomatic posts in Arab countries and Iran.

    Hopefully the new French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will replace this Consul General.

  5. since time immemorial Israel had been mentioned again and again in the Holy Bible as the Holy Land! this consul must have been influenced by the Iranians when he was the French consul of iran! I he owed an apology to the Chosen People of God!

  6. No matter how many times it happens we Jews just can't believe that the French or the Germans or the British or the Swedish can be so antisemitic. And I include myself here.

    Most of the world hates us. The fact that Israel is and always has been the land of the Jews sticks in their craw. Doesn't the Torah teach us that it's the way of Eisav to hate Yaakov? Why can't we believe that?

  7. Mr. Desagneaux is a prejudiced imbecile who doesn't realize that all the archeological discovery he attributes to the Palestinians, predate the time the Romans conquered and erased the names Israel and Judea and renamed Palestine the region encompassing Lebanon, Sinai, Israel, Judea-Samaria, and (trans)Jordan. As far as the current Palestinians, they only arrived in the last wave of Islamization of the Region, after the Europeans were sent home by the Kurd Saladin; that is to say long after Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were established in the area.

  8. Just wondering, ’ guess Israel should more closely screen prospective incoming diplomats' personal political convictions.

    The world powers has the growing audacity ridiculing Israel's sovereignty, equally, their growing intelligence's credibility.

  9. This twit should join hands with that other French crapule in London who referred to Israel as "that ty little country" merde alors! That one was transferred as a result, probably promoted. Also, I didn't realize that the Dead Sea scrolls found in the Qumran caves were written in Palestinian-Arabic!

  10. Don't be, I had excellent teachers who made sure to teach us to put our own research through the process of Cartesian doubt before drawing a conclusion, without letting our biases deter us. Look into your own knowledge and do the same with it, you'll be surprised.

  11. Oops, it appears you are Dutch. That's actually worse, if it could be. Tell me short-talking moron, is it part of basic history education in NL to tell the little children that the biggest crop of SS volunteers of ALL nations were yours? Or is that itsy bitsy informationn about your Nazi-collaboration a tad bit too hard to digest, Jew hater?

Comments are closed.

Loading Facebook Comments ...