The following are extracts of remarks by Jose María Aznar, at the US launch of the Friends of Israel Initiative on September 14, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Nobody has summarized the international attack against Israel better, and nobody has made a more eloquent case for Israel. These remarks deserve the widest possible publicity [A.I.]
..., Israel is under a new kind of attack. Not conventional war as in 1948, 56, 67 or 73. Not terrorism as we saw in the 70s, 80s and 90s. But a new kind of attack – an attack on Israel legitimacy, on her right to exist. A "soft-war", where many of its adversaries are employing legal tricks, multinational bodies, and an army of dubious NGO's to present internationally Israel as an illegitimate state, as a barbarian state, a state that should be isolated and converted into a pariah state.
We think this is intolerable. It is unjust, morally wrong, and a strategic risk -- not only for Israel and its people -- but for all of us.
Israel is an integral part of the West, and the weaker it is, the weaker the entire West will be perceived to be.
Even if we want to turn away from the traumas of 9/11, we simply do not have the luxury to choose our enemies. As Senators Baker, Dole, Daschle and Mitchell made clear in their latest report, published 5 days ago. by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the threat to our way of life from radical Islamists is real, and it has not yet been eliminated.
Let me be clear. We don't want in any case to defend any particular Israeli government or any particular set of policies or any particular party. Israelis' institutions are mature enough to defend their choices. We want to stand up for the right of Israel to exist. Judaeo-Christian values form the roots of our civilization. Delegitimizing Israel undermines our identity, warps our values and put at risk what we are and who we are.
So, dear friends, it is not only the threat that if Israel goes down, which, make no mistake, many of its enemies would like to see happen, we all go down. It is that letting Israel be demonized will lead to the deligitimation of our own cherished values. If Israel were to disappear by the force of its enemies, I sincerely doubt the West could remain as we know it.
So, I conclude: Is it craziness for a group, as I said before, of mostly Europeans and non-Jews, to say: "Enough. Stop this nonsense of making Israel responsible for all the problems in the region, if not beyond? Enough of the short-sightedness which refuses to see Israel as a cornerstone of our Western civilization?"
We do believe that far from it, it is vital. For America, for the West, for Israel. And for our children and grandchildren and the world they will inherit. Because there is still right and wrong in this complicated world. And if we allow those fundamentals to be blurred and eroded and confused, we will all be dangerously adrift.
Defending Israel today means strengthening the West, standing up for our values, and their right to exist as a normal country, a fellow democracy and a celebrated ally in our great western alliance.
I hope that you will share our vision, and will help us in bringing reason and decency back to the discussion concerning Israel.
Thank you very much
Jose María Aznar
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Replies: 5 Comments
Jews for Jesus and the Rabi and stupidity. The really stupid thing is how Jews are hiper stupid at under estimating the intensity of anti Jewish feelings since the Faraoh and obviously contibues today. The clock is ticking faster in the US, yes where Jews believe their power and influece protects them, just like in Egypt, Babylon, spain, Germany and so on where Jewish power melted away overnight like a sugar cube in hot water...
I Germany Jews also had lots of top positions all pver the place but...
By the way, for all the atonement with money most Germans are happy not to have Jews and donot want Jews back. I know, I speak good German, I do not "look Jewish, I listen and understand how they feel. Specially now that they see how an America full of bright Jews allnover is a mess all over. Maybe Jews are not good at running countries either, after all we have no experience; Israel is too young.
So, let us be smarter about who is stupid
victor, Friday, September 2nd
Jose María Aznar is a great intellectual. I hope that he will come back as the leader of Spain anytime in the near future!
AbeBird, Wednesday, October 27th
Long Live Israel! No weapon formed against God's chosen people will prosper. I support Israels right to be not known as a state but as amighty nation. As our financial abilities become stronger we will support the people in Israel who need help.
Leslie Ann Morgan, Wednesday, September 22nd
Amen, my brother.
Karmafish, Tuesday, September 21st
If only people like Jose Maria Aznar had that kind of influence a century ago, the worst world war of the twentieth century could have been averted.
That is why taking this kind of principled stand of behalf of Israel deserves our support. The Jews as always, remain the miners' canary of Western civilization.
NormanF, Friday, September 17th
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