ISRAEL IS NOT THE PROBLEM
Presto scriverò un piccolo saggio su Israele e sulla sua importanza per tutti noi.
Per il momento vi lascio queste parole, che condivido in pieno:
“Israel has never had the freedom to choose between peace and war. It is its neighbours who decide for it, and that has been the case ever since its establishment as an independent nation. Nothing has changed since then. If one thing remains clear after the Arab and Moslem world has started to be shaken by this great wave of change, it is that the main problem affecting the region stretching from Morocco to Pakistan has nothing to do with Israeli demands and far less with the lack of an accord with the Palestinians. The collapse of the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, the open war in Gaddafi’s Libya, the crisis in Syria and Yemen and the Saudi occupation of Bahrain are the product of purely domestic causes within societies that are mired in backwardness, corruption and a complete lack of prospects.
Nevertheless, there are many who believe that the time has come for Israel to make new and greater sacrifices in order to reach a swift agreement with the Palestinians, as though that would automatically generate more stability in the area. Unfortunately, a peace accord will not resolve the war in Libya or prevent the Egyptians who demonstrated in Tahrir from persecuting their Coptic countrymen or from burning Christian churches. In fact, from Israel’s point of view, the promises of potential change have for the time being just brought about a greater insecurity in the short term, something that should not be underestimated: to the risk that its two main allies in the area, Egypt and Jordan, might disavow their peace treaties with Israel should be added the intensification of terrorist violence and rocket and missile attacks from Gaza. And without security there will never be peace.
The changes in the Greater Middle East are promising but vigilance is called for to ensure that their effects are as positive as possible for all those concerned. It would be of little use to have new regimes that because they are more nationalistic, for instance, should also be more prone to confrontation. Meanwhile, as we are beginning to see, political and electoral dynamics have given rise to a rhetoric that is already markedly more anti-Israeli. If we really want to have more open societies in the area we ought to be able to clearly assess what progress is being made towards democratisation, for instance by demanding religious tolerance towards faiths other than Islam, constitutional and legal changes to grant full equality between men and women and, no less importantly, that the State of Israel be recognised along with its right to exist in peace. If none of this is achieved, our hopes will be for nought.
The State of Israel is a pillar of Judeo-Christian values. We defend Israel in order to defend ourselves“.
José María Aznar, co – founder of the “Founder of Israel Initiative“.