"If Israel Goes Down, We All Go Down"

Published: June 18th 2010
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Former Spanish PM Jose Maria Aznar
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On Thursday, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar launched his new pro-Israel group “Friends of Israel” with a piece in the London Times which stated, “If Israel goes down, we all go down.”


"Israel is our first line of defence in a turbulent region that is constantly at risk of descending into chaos," he wrote. "To abandon Israel to its fate, at this moment of all moments, would merely serve to illustrate how far we have sunk and how inexorable our decline now appears."


He went on to say that for a long time it has been “unfashionable” in Europe to defend Israel. “In the wake of the recent incident on board a ship full of anti-Israeli activists in the Mediterranean, it is hard to think of a more unpopular cause to champion."


He explained that in an ideal world, no country, especially a former close ally of Israel such as Turkey, would have sponsored a flotilla whose only purpose was to create a situation where Israel had only bad options: “Making it choose between giving up its security policy and the naval blockade, or risking the wrath of the world."


Aznar stated that Israel’s right to exist should not be open to question as the Jewish state was established by the United Nations. He added that Israel, with its “deeply rooted democratic institutions,” is the only Western country that is constantly under threat of attack from hostile neighbours, including Iran.


He wrote: "The real threats to regional stability are to be found in the rise of a radical Islamism which sees Israel’s destruction as the fulfillment of its religious destiny and, simultaneously in the case of Iran, as an expression of its ambitions for regional hegemony. Both phenomena are threats that affect not only Israel, but also the wider West and the world at large." 


Aznar’s Friends of Israel group will feature well-known politicians, intellectuals and academics, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate David Trimble, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, Italian philosopher Marcelo Pear, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton and British historian Andrew Roberts. The aim of the group is to act as a counterweight against those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish State’s right to exist peacefully within secure and defensible borders.


The former Spanish Prime Minister, 1996 to 2004, noted that Friends of Israel will not work to defend specific Israeli policies. He explained that "what binds us is our unyielding support for Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself."


He said that the principal problem is the ambiguous and mistaken positions that many Western countries are taking towards Israel and the Middle East.


“It is easy to blame Israel for all the evils in the Middle East. Some even act and talk as if a new understanding with the Muslim world could be achieved if only we were prepared to sacrifice the Jewish state on the altar. This would be folly.”


He concluded his article by stating that "the West is what it is thanks to its Judeo-Christian roots. If the Jewish element of those roots is upturned and Israel is lost, then we are lost too. Whether we like it or not, our fate is inextricably intertwined."


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