Sarkozy Addresses the Knesset

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - French President Nicholas Sarkozy addressed the Knesset (parliament) Monday on the second of a three-day visit to Israel.

Sarkozy was the first French president to address the Knesset in 25 years, since Francois Mitterrand spoke to Israel's parliament in 1982.

"France will always be Israel's friend and will always stand by it when its security or existence is threatened. And those who scandalously call for Israel's destruction will always -- always -- be faced and blocked by France," Sarkozy said.

"Jews across the world feel bound to their homeland," he continued. "The fate of every Jew is tied to the fate of all other Jews. The fact that there is such a successful Jewish state in the world constitutes a source of honor and pride for each and every one of them," he said.

"France will not abandon you on the road. France admires you. Long live France, long live Israel," he concluded.

Likud chairman and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu told Sarkozy he could say "without hesitation that you are a true friend of Israel."

Responding to other remarks by the French president, Netanyahu said, "Jerusalem will never be divided, just like no person would ever think of dividing the capital of any European state."

"We will never return to the 1967 borders and will never withdraw from the Golan Heights," Netanyahu told the president.

On Monday afternoon, Sarkozy will meet with Norm and Aviva Shalit, parents of IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists in a cross-border attack on June 25, 2006.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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