Sanity returning to France?

France's Foreign Minister is changing his opinion on Isarel's separation barrier. The European Jewish Press reports:

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste—Blazy declared last week he has changed his opinion on Israel's controversial separation barrier in light of its drastic effect on terror, forcing French authorities to clarify their position on the issue.  [....]

But although the French government has been critical of it since the start of its construction four years ago, Douste—Blazy has now reversed the feeling.

'I have significantly evolved on the matter of the separation fence' said Douste—Blazy on French Jewish television TFJ on Thursday. 'Although the wall was a moral and ethical problem for me, when I realised terror attacks were reduced by 80 percent in the areas where the wall was erected, I understood I didn't have the right to think that way.'

Douste—Blazy is the first high ranking French official to openly state his support for the security fence.

One has to wonder if France might not wish to erect security barriers around certain suburban housing estates.

Hat tip: Jack Kemp

Thomas Lifson   10 17 06

France's Foreign Minister is changing his opinion on Isarel's separation barrier. The European Jewish Press reports:

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste—Blazy declared last week he has changed his opinion on Israel's controversial separation barrier in light of its drastic effect on terror, forcing French authorities to clarify their position on the issue.  [....]

But although the French government has been critical of it since the start of its construction four years ago, Douste—Blazy has now reversed the feeling.

'I have significantly evolved on the matter of the separation fence' said Douste—Blazy on French Jewish television TFJ on Thursday. 'Although the wall was a moral and ethical problem for me, when I realised terror attacks were reduced by 80 percent in the areas where the wall was erected, I understood I didn't have the right to think that way.'

Douste—Blazy is the first high ranking French official to openly state his support for the security fence.

One has to wonder if France might not wish to erect security barriers around certain suburban housing estates.

Hat tip: Jack Kemp

Thomas Lifson   10 17 06