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Is France betraying Israel in favor of Qatar?

Op-ed: Is the strange French initiative to impose a Security Council resolution on a Palestinian state some kind of secret payment to the Gulf emirate, which has turned France into its playground?

While both former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and incumbent President Francois Hollande present themselves as “friends of Israel,” evidence is growing that behind the scenes they are actually betraying Israel, under an influence that smells very bad.

A thick book titled “Une France sous influence: Quand le Qatar fait de notre pays son terrain de jeu” (A France under influence: How Qatar turned out country into its playground”) exposed last year the very personal relations between the French and Qatari regimes during these two presidents’ terms, and asserted that since 2007, France has in fact become a satellite of Qatar, which has bought it and its discretion.

The writers, Vanessa Ratignier and Pierre Péan, demonstrate how Qatar has clearly influenced both Sarkozy and Hollande’s decision making.

In an attempt to save its sinking economy, France provided its foreign policy as a guarantee to an Arab dictatorship in the Persian Gulf, which is the most hostile Arab state towards Israel and one of the supporters of terror in Syria and Iraq. Qatar invests some $50 billion in France, and the book exposes how it funded Sarkozy’s personal divorce settlement with his wife Cecilia, at a total of €3 billion, when he chose to marry Carla Bruni.
Was Israel a price demanded by the Qataris? Sarkozy pretended to be a true friend of Israel, but the WikiLeaks documents exposed this week reveal that during his presidential term he threatened the White House and pressured it not to support Israel on the Palestinian state issue – a delusion which has been preoccupying Qatar for years, as a project. This French hypocrisy is both amazing and disappointing. That’s not what we expected from this country.


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