Israel finally got some help on Wednesday in efforts to push back against a wave of European parliaments overwhelmingly recommending to their governments to recognize “Palestine,” when former, and possibly future, French president Nicolas Sarkozy came out squarely against the move.

Israeli diplomatic officials are hoping that unlike what happened in similar votes over the past month in the British, Irish and Spanish parliaments, the move in France will face significant opposition, and Sarkozy’s comments will help solidify that opposition.

Sarkozy was quoted as asking fellow UMP party members on Tuesday to vote against the resolution.

“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!” he said, in reference to last week’s terrorist attack at a synagogue in the capital’s Har Nof neighborhood that killed five Israelis.
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