Will Hollande Be Strong on Middle East Peace?

After blocking a deal with Iran, the French president will receive a hero’s welcome in Israel. But France might still suggest its own peace plan.

The French like to think that the difference between themselves and the rest of the world is that they see the world in multiple shades of gray, not black and white. With Israel, the ultimate black-or-white state - a paradise or a place under existential threat - this distinction is fitting. Visits by French leaders have usually been summarized in Jerusalem using a binary perception of reality.