Israel on Wednesday suggested that the international community's overwhelming support for France's anti-terror military incursion into the west African nation of Mali reveals a clear double standard when it comes to the Jewish state's security.
France has been increasing its military presence and activity in Mali over the past two weeks as it battles Al Qaeda-linked forces that control the northern half of the country. The French incursion came at the request of Mali's government.
But France also sees the action as necessary to protect Europe.
"The threat is a terrorist state at the doorstep of France and Europe," French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said two weeks ago at the outset of the military campaign.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor played on that at the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
"If Mali is on France's doorstep, Gaza is in Israel's living room," said Prosor, in clear reference to the severe lack of international support Israel has received when combating Hamas and its allied terror groups entrenched in the coastal enclave.
Prosor elaborated: "Make no mistake: France's principled stand should be commended. We only ask that France and all the countries who are supports its principled stand today, support Israel tomorrow when we fight Islamic terrorism on our borders."
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