Israel Fumes At French FM For Meeting With Hezbollah Officials

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrives to attend an EU foreign affairs council at the European Council, in Brussels, on February 15, 2016.

The Times of Israel reports: Israel has responded with anger to a reported meeting between the French foreign minister and members of the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah, suggesting the move was comparable to meeting with representatives of the Islamic State group.

Jean-Marc Ayrault (pictured) met with a political delegation of Hezbollah in Lebanon on Tuesday, according to local media reports.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry released a statement urging France to follow the example of Arab states that have blacklisted Hezbollah as a terror organization.

“It’s a shame that the French foreign minister didn’t consult with Arab states that do not make a distinction between the military and political arms of Hezbollah,” read the Tuesday statement. “It’s clear that Foreign Minister Ayrault would not meet with the ‘political wing’ of Islamic State.”

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