France Summons Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Raid

Israeli envoy rebuked over Gaza raid which wounded French consul and family; incident added strains to already tense relationship between Israel and France.

France's Foreign Ministry summoned Israel's ambassador on Wednesday over an air strike in Gaza that injured the French consul and his family on Sunday.

The French consul, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza during the strike on Sunday night.

Gaza strike - AP - 7.4.2011

"This morning we reminded the Israeli ambassador how much we deplore the consequences of this raid for the head of our consulate and his family," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a regular online briefing.

"While we recognize Israel's need to ensure its security, he [the ambassador] was reminded about the importance of keeping civilians and the French presence in Gaza from being affected," he added.

The raid, which killed one policeman and wounded four others after Palestinian militants from the coastal territory fired a rocket into southern Israel, has added to strains in an already tense relationship between France and Israel.

Journalists overheard French President Nicolas Sarkozy describing Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "a liar" in a conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama at a G20 summit in Cannes earlier this month.

In an apparent effort to clear the air, Sarkozy wrote to Netanyahu reaffirming friendship, despite what he referred to as their "differing views on the Middle East".

קראו כתבה זו בעברית: שגריר ישראל בצרפת ננזף בעקבות התקיפה בעזה