Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with Ehud Barak at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem June 8, 2009..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
During a trip to France former prime minister Ehud Barak tweeted on Tuesday a photo of a painting of Louis the Great with the caption "When complaints arrived about corruption and shortage he said: "There won't be nothing because there is nothing". His wife said: "If they have no bread let them eat cakes." This did not help them in the day of judgment."
The sentence "There won't be nothing because there is nothing" was said by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly in relation to various police investigations into his personal conduct.
The tweet was removed by Tuesday evening but Netanyahu tweeted the Maariv article on it with the caption "OK, it looks as if Ehud Barak lost it."
In response the former head of the IDF tweeted "A few French paintings make Netanyahu lose his balance, how embarrassing, if this is how he acts when faced with tweets what will happen when he is quiestioned ? In court? And what about running the state? Netanyahu is on the way to finish his term in office." Wrote Barak.
It should be noted Barak made two mistakes in his tweet, the painting is of Louis the Great who died in 1715, the king who was beheaded in the French Revolution is Louis the 16th who was guillotined in 1793. While his wife, Marie Antoinette, is notorious for having said such words there is no evidence she actually said this sentence. It can be found in a book by Rousseau published before Antoinette even arrived in France.
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