Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sarko Storms the Holy Land

Nicolas Sarkozy was all over the Middle East yesterday, "occupying the terrain," according to L'Express (a role that a more realistic analyst might have thought reserved for the Israeli Defense Force) and speaking truth to anyone who would listen. It was as though he were still president of the European Union, much to the annoyance of Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini, who said that "when everyone conducts his own mission, it weakens the strategic position [of Europe]."

Judah Grunstein offers a robust defense of Sarkozy's zeal for the role of mediator here.

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