Israel reacted with schock and anger to the French decision to release accused terrorist Abu Daoud today and the Foreign Ministry announced that Israel's embassador to France, Mordechai, Gazit, will be recalled to Jerusalem for "consultations." The French ambassador to Israel has been asked to be at the Foreign Ministry Wednesday to explain what in Israel's view was violation of Israel's bilateral extradition treaty with France.
The news of the release came while the Israeli Parliament was discussing the Daoud case and it threw the House into an uproar.
Foreign Minister Yigal Allon said that his government viewed "with utmost gravity this act of the French government, whih amounts to no less than adject surrender to the pressure exercized by the Arab countries and the threats ofthe terror organizations. The French government has not facing: The choice between keeping unequivocal internaional obligations it had undertaken and the gross violation of those obligations for reasons of expediency - the choice between minimal courage and shaking knees.
"Today the French government not only violated the extradition agreement between us, it also failed tohonor the convention against terrorism drawn up by the Council of Europe and signed only a few weeks ago by the authorized representatives of France," Allon said.
Political observes thought that the long-term effect of today's action by the French government might be to push the Israel public further into a sense of cynicism, isolation, mistrust and foreboding that when it comes to Arab pressure the West cannot be counted on to live up to any treaty or agreement it might have with Israel.