Sarkozy calls for no vote on Palestine motion


(JTA) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on his party to vote against a motion in the French Parliament to recognize a Palestinian state.

“I will fight for the Palestinians to have their state. But unilateral recognition a few days after a deadly attack and when there is no peace process? No!” Sarkozy said Tuesday at a UMP party rally.

He was referring to the attack last week at a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinian cousins from eastern Jerusalem that left four Jewish worshippers and one policeman dead.

Sarkozy called ensuring the security of Israel “the fight of my life.”

Members of the Socialist group of the National Assembly filed the draft motion in the French Parliament earlier this month. The Parliament is scheduled to debate the nonbinding motion on Nov. 28, and to vote on the motion on Dec. 2.

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