French telecom giant Orange plans to cut ties with Israel, CEO says

The chief executive of a major European cell phone company said on Wednesday that he would gladly cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if it wasn’t so financially prohibitive.

French telecom operator Orange Chairman and CEO Stephane Richard told reporters in Cairo that his company wished to distance itself from its role in facilitating Israel’s rule over the Palestinian territories.

Orange, which has an affiliate agreement with the Israeli firm Partner, is one of Israel’s largest cellular service providers.


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