Israel-Hamas War Highlights Policy Continuity for France’s Hollande

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confers with French President Francois Hollande during a visit to a French-Israeli technology innovation summit in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nov. 19, 2013 (AP photo by Jack Guez).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confers with French President Francois Hollande during a visit to a French-Israeli technology innovation summit in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nov. 19, 2013 (AP photo by Jack Guez).
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France has been in the spotlight during the Israel-Hamas war for anti-Semitic attacks that took place on the margins of marches protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. But the conflict has also highlighted continuity with shifts in France’s policy toward Israel as well as its broader foreign policy alignment begun under former President Nicolas Sarkozy. President Francois Hollande’s response to the current conflict, combined with his foreign policy approach to date, suggests the shifts have achieved a bipartisan consensus in Paris, although not an uncontested one. Though an early ally of Israel and crucial partner in the development of Israel’s […]

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