Netanyahu Asked Macron for Protection of Jewish MP

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with French President Emannuel Macron, at the Élysée Palace in Paris, on June 5, 2018. (Haim Zach/GPO)

A personal security detail for French Jewish parliament member Meyer Habib was reinstated at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron last year, according to Channel 10.

Habib, a defender of Israel in France and a personal friend of the prime minister, has been the target of numerous death threats, including a suspicious white powder delivered to his office, which prompted the evacuation of the French parliament last August.

Police protection for Habib had been discontinued after it was decided that he was no longer under threat.

Macron was reportedly surprised by Netanyahu’s request, since it is unusual for a foreign head of state to ask for special protection of a French citizen. Nevertheless, he agreed, and the security detail was brought back a month later.