Italy has become one of Israel’s few friends under the leadership of Premier Silvio Berlusconi, the Associated Press reports.
His friendship with Israel reverses decades-long pro-Arab leanings by Italian governments, which “pursued close relations with the Islamic world to assure energy supplies,” the story notes.
In other words, like much of the world, Italy for decades allowed itself to be blackmailed by OPEC.
Berlusconi, on the other hand, has backed pro-Israel rallies and supported Israel’s right to defend itself during its recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza, according to the story.
Italy also joined the United States, Israel and a few other EU countries in boycotting a U.N. conference on racism in Geneva in April that was marred, like its predecessor in Durban, by rabid anti-Semitic rhetoric, the story notes. Berlusconi also supports Israel’s eventual entry into the EU as a full member, AP reports.
That’s great. A little strange, but great.
So, Italy, from whence Hitler ally Benito Mussolini during World War II deported more than 7,000 Italian Jews of which only about 1,000 survived, is Israel’s friend. So is Germany, which feels an appropriate collective sense of guilt over the murder of six million Jews. Hopefully, they also understand the moral correctness in befriending the Middle East’s only democratic country, but either way, it’s nice.
France is friendly with Israel under Nicolas Sarkozy, which is also a nice change for that nation, which shares a checkered past with most of Europe with regards to its treatment of Jews over the centuries.
I’ll tell you what. I have a feeling that as more and more European countries begin coming to terms with their growing radical Islam problem, we may see increasing numbers of them forging alliances with the one nation with more experience with that particular problem than anyone.
They’ll have to overcome a long-standing anti-Semitic bent, but they may finally wise up and realize who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. A viable alternative fuel source would make this easier. But, hopefully it will happen in any case before it’s too late to save Western civilization.
Some in Europe seem to be getting the picture, at last.
A most recent example may be in a speech made by Sarkozy this week, in which he made it clear that his government sees the burqa — that head-to-toe shmata some Muslim women are forced to wear — not as a religious sign but as a symbol of oppression against women, and as such, insists it is not welcome in France.
Gutsy. Expect a Fatwa.
The AP story suggests that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely run his qualified endorsement of a demilitarized Palestinian state — that recognizes Israel as a Jewish country — past Berlusconi and Sarkozy to get their reaction.
Some outspokenly reject the concept of Israel as a Jewish country as “racist,” as they mistakenly characterize Zionism as racist, despite there being dozens of self-proclaimed Islamic countries with which no one seems to have a problem.
Some also object to Netanyahu’s rejection of the idea that should they get a state of their own, Palestinian Arabs must abandon their demand to “return” with their millions of decedents to what is now Israel.
For some reason, much of the world thinks it’s completely reasonable to insist on Jew-free Arab territories, but Arab-free Jewish territory is not just unreasonable, it’s unthinkable.
I don’t get it.
Anyway, I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, and that seems like an even better idea now.
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