JERUSALEM -- A French diplomat involved in a physical altercation with Israeli soldiers last week will end her duties and leave Israel before the end of the year, local media reported Friday.
According to the daily Israel Hayom, Israel and France reached a joint decision to terminate the post of Marion Fesneau-Castaing, a cultural attache at the French Consulate in Jerusalem, in order to avert an emerging diplomatic crisis and maintain good bilateral relations.
Fesneau-Castaing accused soldiers of "manhandling" her when she and other diplomats and activists were trying to deliver humanitarian aid to a Palestinian community whose West Bank homes were demolished recently by Israeli authorities.
Soldiers denied the convoy access to the site and confiscated tents and other aid. Fesneau-Castaing said she was dragged out of the truck and mistreated. The army said soldiers met with violent resistance and footage of the incident shows her striking a soldier.