Sarko The American Also Supports Israel
Posted by Mike on March 11, 2008
When Jimmy Carter and other like-minded liberals fantasized about closer relations between America and France, I don’t think they were talking about the two countries seeing eye-to-eye on Israel and the Iranian threat. Fortunately for the civilized world, Nicolas Sarkozy is not your typical French President or incompetent American one.
During Shimon Peres’ recent visit to Paris, Sarkozy reiterated his affection for Israel and commitment to their security, especially as far as Iran is concerned.
“Not from time to time, Mr. President — always,” said Sarkozy. “And those who call in a scandalous, scandalous way for the destruction of Israel will always find France in front of them to block their route.”
I have been impressed with Sarkozy ever since I first learned that he was a candidate for the French Presidency, but his treatment of Shimon Peres is especially commendable. France is infamous for its embarrassingly large anti-Semitic minority, a minority that which can be quite disruptive when angered. Lining the Champs-Elysees with Israeli and French flags despite this sad fact took guts. Maybe Old Europe can become new again.