Thursday, January 23, 2020

'Go outside!': French president screams at Israeli security officers during Jerusalem visit

French President Emmanuel Macron had a meltdown where he shouted down Israeli security officers during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City.

"Everybody knows the rules. I don't like what you did in front of me. Go outside!" Macron said in a video posted online Wednesday of his visit to Israel.

The altercation came outside his visit to the Church of St. Anne, which the French government owns.

"Please respect the rules, they are [in place] for centuries. They will not change with me, I can tell you," the French president told the security officials as he attempted to prevent them from going inside the church.

A representative for the president told CNN that Macron was forced to intervene between a disagreement between Israeli and French security.

"St. Anne belongs to France in Jerusalem. It is up to France to protect these places in this city. The Israeli security forces wanted to enter while security was being provided by French security services," the representative said.

"The president reacted to an altercation between the Israeli and French security forces at the time of entering Saint Anne in order to end it, and to remind everyone of the rules that apply."

The Israel Securities Authority and police issued their own joint statement.

"Based on the terms agreed upon ahead of time, an Israel Security Agency (ISA) guard and a policeman escorted the French president and his delegation inside," they said, adding that the French president had apologized to them later.

Macron, 42, is in Israel for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum.