French-Algerian billionaire's son 'humiliated' by Ben-Gurion security, igniting diplomatic incident

September 17, 2015 10:46


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Foreign Ministry officials are furious with the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the security company operating the border control at Ben-Gurion Airport after the son of a prominent French-Algerian billionaire known for his support for Israel was subjected to invasive questioning just before his departure.

Israel's ambassador in France, Aliza Ben-Nun, and her deputy, Mark Atali, met with the businessman, who has asked that his identity not be revealed. The diplomats apologized to him and urged him to continue his work in improving relations between the Jewish and Muslim communities in France.

"This is not the first time that security personnel at Ben-Gurion Airport behave in such a manner," an unnamed Israeli diplomat told Ma'ariv. "A stupid, unprofessional young woman can in one fell swoop destroy diplomatic efforts that took years to build, but we have no control over them."

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