Sarkozy in Israel: ‘To boycott a start-up nation makes no sense’

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a likely candidate in the 2017 French presidential elections, said Monday that while Middle East “peace today is not within reach,” it was incumbent upon Israel to take the initiative and try to move something forward on the diplomatic process.

“We in France like Israel when Israel takes initiative, when Israel innovates, is a leader,” he said. “Not when Israel is immobile and paralyzed.”

Sarkozy made the remarks in a warm speech at the IDC Herzliya Conference following a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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