Middle East: Frank but Cordial Differences

In Israel, Mitterrand pleads for Palestinian rights

"ln our eyes, you are a true friend, I faithful to his principles, whose word is honor." That effusive welcome, delivered by Israeli President Yitzhak Navon last week, was reserved for a very special guest: French President François Mitterrand, the first West European leader to visit the Jewish state since former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's historic pilgrimage in 1973. Despite a few rocky moments, the trip demonstrated France's shift away from the pro-Arab policy set by President Charles de Gaulle in 1967. It was a significant example of Mitterrand's stated intention to...

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