Isaac Herzog makes his first diplomatic appearance as president, at the Bastille Day celebrations at the French ambassador’s residence in Jaffa.
Herzog stresses “the long-lasting friendship between the Israeli and French nations,” and says he looks forward to meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Israel or in France.
“Had Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Acre in 1799, we may have had a Jewish state way before 1948,” the president said to laughs.
“Vive la France! Vive Israel!” he concludes.