Sarkozy proves he's no friend of Israel

November 14, 2011

As you've no doubt read, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard telling President Obama that he "cannot stand" Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he believes the Israeli leader is a "liar."

While national leaders do not always get along, these are unusually strong words. And they are deeply disturbing.

Furthermore, these words raise the troubling possibility that President Sarkozy's personal animus has influenced French policy. Remember back in September, Prime Minister Netanyahu made a powerful defense of his nation and direct negotiations before the United Nations. Yet earlier this month, France ignored Mr. Netanyahu's plea and voted to admit "Palestine" as a full member of UNESCO. Could it be that the French dismissed Israel's powerful argument as lies?

As Americans, we have no say in French policy in dealing with Israel, but we most certainly can and should condemn this kind of policy as being inappropriate.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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