French President to Visit Israel Next Week
Israel, Jerusalem, 21 June / Trend / Prior to his visit to Israel, President of France Nicola Sarkozi spoke about the honey-moon between the two countries in his interview with Ediot Akhronot paper and President mentioned that 'settlements are obstacle for peace', MIGNEWS reported.
"France will make every effort to prevent Iran from attacking Israel and disseminating nuclear weapons," said Sarkozi who is expected to visit Israel on 22 June. "France will prevent any challenge to raze Israel to ground," President said. Sarkozi also called on to prolong sanctions against Iran until it stops nuclear tests.
Sarkozi also added that Israel should freeze settlements since they can serve as an obstacle for a peace with Palestinians. "The steps by the Israeli government are good, but not sufficient".
"The relations between France and Israel have been developing for the last months," Sarkozi said. "I have always stated that I am friend of Israel and as a President I am sure that it is extremely important to maintain good relations in all spheres between the two countries". In October 2007 the President of France said that establishment of the Israeli government is the landmark of 20th century.
Sarkozi did not respond questions of the journalists about his private life, origin of his family, Jews origin of his grandfather who committed to Christianity and his personal attitude to Israel. He also did not speak about her wife Carla Bruni who will accompany Sarkozi during his visit. It is known that the couple plan to bathe in the Dead Sea.