Sarkozy provides balanced position on Israel and Palestine

By Ben Cohen

The French President may be a comparative conservative in his country, but his view on the Israel/Palestine crisis is far more nuanced than the supposed left wing Brown in Britain, and Obama in America. From the Guardian:

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy told Israel today to share

sovereignty over Jerusalem with the Palestinians and to stop building

settlements in the occupied territories.

In an address to the

Israeli parliament, or Knesset, Sarkozy also promised France’s support

in helping to halt Iran’s nuclear programme and he praised Israel’s

democracy, comments for which he won applause.

However, he also

spoke strongly about what he expected of Israel as part of the peace

process with the Palestinians. “There cannot be peace without an

immediate and complete halt to settlement,” he said. “There cannot be

peace without recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of two states and

the guarantee of free access to the holy places for all religions.”

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.