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.”
In a warm speech at the IDC Herzliya Conference, Sarkozy - who earlier in the day came out unequivocally against boycotting Israel - said that Israel's economic progress is perhaps its “best victory.”
Though a small country, he said, Israel was a huge force attracting investors from all over the world. “This is the best answer for those calls for boycotts, which are unacceptable and illegal,” he said. “To boycott a start-up nation makes no sense politically, economically, morally or financially.”