"All those who think the contrary show their naivete, and I'm not naive...I think that is the greatest danger for the security of Israel and the world — and not just Israel, by the way, for that whole part of the world — and that we must not let Iran have access to civilian nuclear power. That will be my position if I am elected president."
These are welcome words to Israelis, who are more intensely worried than any other nation about the threat of an Iranian bomb. It must also be a relief to some members of the French-Jewish commuity, who had criticized Royal days ago for meeting with a member of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and worried that she would have a one-sided policy against Israel. Yet above all, her comments are directed at the heated controversy in recent days over how she reacted to a Hezbollah lawmaker that compared Israeli actions to those of the Nazis in World War II. She basically spelled this by saying "and I'm not naive," because the notion of her inexperience is and will be one of Nicolas Sarkozy's main attacks against her. Whether this can dampen the recent controversy will have to be seen.
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