The 'Carla Effect' Comes to Israel

"There can be no peace without stopping settlement," Sarkozy said today in his speech to the parliament, calling for an end to Israeli development in the territories.

Sarkozy also said that Palestinians needed to make changes. "There can be no peace if Palestinians themselves do not combat terrorism," he said.

Just as President Bush did in his visit last month, Sarkozy has allied himself with Israel. "Anyone trying to destroy Israel will find France blocking the way," Sarkozy said told the parliament. "Israel must know she is not alone."

By opposing Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons and calling for talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Sarkozy hopes to establish himself as a mediator of peace in the Middle East.

In his remaining time in Israel, Sarkozy has a full schedule. He will meet with the family of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. He will hold an economic conference and participate in more political meetings.

But judging by the photos on the front pages of the newspapers, wife Bruni makes the news.

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