I just read this disturbing (and biased) post on Bullwinkle blog written by Maggie about Ségolène Royal and her supposed anti-Semitism and I think that it shows how easy it is to jump on a French politician without knowing or wanting to know the fact. Contrary to what is implied in the post, the supposed incident had nothing to do with anti-Semitism and the supposed preference of France for Arabs, but it simply had to do with a problem of translation. The French Ambassador to Lebanon who was present when the Hezbollah member of parliament made that hateful remark about Israel and he didn’t leave either, which means that he didn’t hear and more importantly, Ségolène Royal made the strong point that Israel was not entity, but a state, which had the right to defend herself. I would also inform Maggie that during the debate with her socialist rivals, Madame Royal was the only one who was against allowing Iran even to get nuclear energy for civilian purposes because she believed that Iran shouldn’t be trusted given the threats of Ahmadinejad against Israel. The best proof that whoever wrote this biased post on Ségolène Royal just wanted to make a hateful and prejudicial point about the French is that she dined Tzipi Livni last night and met with Ehud Olmert today. Therefore, unless the argument is Livni and Olmert are less concerned about anti-Semitism than Maggie is and that they are, to use an expression, which I despise, self-hating Jews, this whole affair is much ado about nothing.