OPINION - José María Aznar: If Israel goes down, we all go down

18 June 2010

The following article by the former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznarwas published in the British newspaper 'The Times' on 17 June 2010:

 

If Israel goes down, we all go down

Anger over Gaza is a distraction. We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region

By José María Aznar

 

For far too long now it has been unfashionable in Europe to speak up for 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. In an ideal world, the assault by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara would not have ended up with nine dead and a score wounded. In an ideal world, the soldiers would have been peacefully welcomed on to the ship. In an ideal world, no state, let alone a recent ally of Israel such as Turkey, would have sponsored and organised a flotilla whose sole purpose was to create an impossible situation for Israel: making it choose between giving up its security policy and the naval blockade, or risking the wrath of the world.

In our dealings with Israel, we must blow away the red mists of anger that too often cloud our judgment. A reasonable and balanced approach should encapsulate the following realities: first, the state of Israel was created by a decision of the UN. Its legitimacy, therefore, should not be in question. Israel is a nation with deeply rooted democratic institutions. It is a dynamic and open society that has repeatedly excelled in culture, science and technology.

Second, owing to its roots, history, and values, Israel is a fully fledged Western nation. Indeed, it is a normal Western nation, but one confronted by abnormal circumstances.

Uniquely in the West, it is the only democracy whose very existence has been questioned since its inception. In the first instance, it was attacked by its neighbours using the conventional weapons of war. Then it faced terrorism culminating in wave after wave of suicide attacks. Now, at the behest of radical Islamists and their sympathisers, it faces a campaign of delegitimisation through international law and diplomacy.

Sixty-two years after its creation, Israel is still fighting for its very survival. Punished with missiles raining from north and south, threatened with destruction by an Iran aiming to acquire nuclear weapons and pressed upon by friend and foe, Israel, it seems, is never to have a moment’s peace.

For years, the focus of Western attention has understandably been on the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. But if Israel is in danger today and the whole region is slipping towards a worryingly problematic future, it is not due to the lack of understanding between the parties on how to solve this conflict. The parameters of any prospective peace agreement are clear, however difficult it may seem for the two sides to make the final push for a settlement.

The real threats to regional stability, however, are to be found in the rise of a radical Islamism which sees Israel’s destruction as the fulfilment 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.

The core of the problem lies in the ambiguous and often erroneous manner in which too many Western countries are now reacting to this situation. 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.

Israel is our first line of defence in a turbulent region that is constantly at risk of descending into chaos; a region vital to our energy security owing to our overdependence on Middle Eastern oil; a region that forms the front line in the fight against extremism. If Israel goes down, we all go down. To defend Israel’s right to exist in peace, within secure borders, requires a degree of moral and strategic clarity that too often seems to have disappeared in Europe. The United States shows worrying signs of heading in the same direction.

The West is going through a period of confusion over the shape of the world’s future. To a great extent, this confusion is caused by a kind of masochistic self-doubt over our own identity; by the rule of political correctness; by a multiculturalism that forces us to our knees before others; and by a secularism which, irony of ironies, blinds us even when we are confronted by jihadis promoting the most fanatical incarnation of their faith. 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.

This cannot be allowed to happen. Motivated by the need to rebuild our own Western values, expressing deep concern about the wave of aggression against Israel, and mindful that Israel’s strength is our strength and Israel’s weakness is our weakness, I have decided to promote a new Friends of Israel initiative with the help of some prominent people, including David Trimble, Andrew Roberts, John Bolton, Alejandro Toledo (the former President of Peru), Marcello Pera (philosopher and former President of the Italian Senate), Fiamma Nirenstein (the Italian author and politician), the financier Robert Agostinelli and the Catholic intellectual George Weigel.

It is not our intention to defend any specific policy or any particular Israeli government. The sponsors of this initiative are certain to disagree at times with decisions taken by Jerusalem. We are democrats, and we believe in diversity.

What binds us, however, is our unyielding support for Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself. For Western countries to side with those who question Israel’s legitimacy, for them to play games in international bodies with Israel’s vital security issues, for them to appease those who oppose Western values rather than robustly to stand up in defence of those values, is not only a grave moral mistake, but a strategic error of the first magnitude.

Israel is a fundamental part of the West. 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.


José María Aznar was prime minister of Spain between 1996 and 2004.


 

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DR.LEO H. ASTETE, PH.D.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014

HAPPY TO HEAR THAT A UN OFFICIAL HAS PRONOUNCED THAT CIRCUMCISION IS PROTECTED BY FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

Leo H. Astete, PH.D.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014

STOP INTERFERING WITH SACRED RELIGIOUS ANIMAL SLAUGHTER.

leo h.astete, Ph., D.

Thu, 20 Mar 2014

i DO NOT TRUST THERAN.

Leo H. Astete, Ph.D.

Thu, 20 Mar 2014

MAY THE GRACE OF OUR COMMON GOD CONTINUE ILLUMINATING OUR STEP.

Leo H. Astete, Ph.D.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014

LET US KEEP EVER VIGILANT. PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES NOT SEEM TO CHANGE IN GENERAL. WHY SHOULD HE? THE "WE MAY GO ALONE" MENTAILITYSHOULD BE KEPT. SANCTIONS TO RECALCITRANT IRAN INCREASE. LET THE CROWS DEAL WITH THEMSELVES.

DR.LEO H. ASTETE, PH.D.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014

I FIND INCREDIBLE THE ATTITUDE OF THE BRITSH ESTABLISHMENT REGARDING THE BANNING OF SACRED SLAUGHTER IN THE NOT LESS SACRED CEREMONIES. WHILE PAINING OVER THE CIVIC GENOCIDE OF VENEZUELAN CITIZENRY, I ELEVATE MY PRAYERS SO THAT THE STATUS AND CHARACTER OF THE MOST SACRED RITES SHALL STAND ALIGHT. FOR EVER.

Leo H. Astete, PH.D.

Mon, 17 Feb 2014

I believe that by no means Israel should return to the territorial lines drawn in 1967. By the same token, Israel should negate the Arab-Palestinian "claim of return" to Jewish land determined at the glorious War of Independence in 1948. Mr. Abbas, de facto and disputed leader by his own Arab allies, seems and sounds extremely conciliatory. Do not be deceived beloved Israel. Hamas is still the master of the enemy lines. I wish Mr. Netayahu success in the negotiations but caution in dealing with our opponents and even President Obama.

LEO H. ASTETE, PH.D.

Fri, 07 Feb 2014

As a Christian friend of Israel I believe that our common GOD loves and protects the great democracy of Israel. In the Spirit of Pope John Paul the Second, we Christians also love and pray for this great Nation.

DR.LEO H. ASTETE, PH.D.

Sun, 05 Jan 2014

God is calling His people back to its ancestral land. The noble Jewish people responds by its sacred adherence and hope through aliyah.

Leo H. Astete, PH.D.

Fri, 03 Jan 2014

ARIEL SHARON A MAN OF GOD ETERNALLY

l

Tue, 01 Oct 2013

LET US ACCLAIM ONCE MORE THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL, A TRUE MAN OF IRON, INDEED ISRAEL CAN ''GO ALONE'' AGAINST IRAN. THIS IS A SALUTARY WARNING TO THE MASS OF ENEMIES OF GOD''S PEOPLE. ISRAEL: A STABLE AND SOLID BUFFER IN FAVOR OF STABILITY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE TORTURED LANDS OF THE REST OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

Leo H. Astete, PH.D.

Mon, 30 Sep 2013

Further extant measures against the slaughter of animals in the course of sacred rates, as well as the exhortation to the taking of similar measure "right through the orb'', constitute a quasi re-visitation of Hitler that must be rejected by every decent person in the world.

LEO H. ASTETE, PH.D.

Tue, 24 Sep 2013

LET US ACCLAIM THOSE ISRAELY PERSONNEL, AMONG OTHERS, IN THEIR VICTORIOUS MARCH DESTINED TO END THE ATROCIOUS EVENTS IN KENYA.

Leo H. Astete, Ph. D.

Sun, 22 Sep 2013

Worthy of applause the latest stringent measures taken by the Israeli armed forces in relation to material and personnel elements destined to reinforce inimical factors against our strong democratic nation. Leo H. Astete, Melbourne, Australia.

Leo H. Astete

Wed, 11 Sep 2013

It is expected that Pope Francis will be receptive to the concern of World Jewish communities related to the sacred ritual slaughter of animals in Europe and the whole orbe.

Guess

Sun, 08 Sep 2013

Israel should not stop building the Wall. She must safeguard its democracy.

leo hegel astete

Sun, 08 Sep 2013

More than in the last few years Israel should be in a permanent state of preparedness in the light of the present turmoil in nearly all the Middle East.

Leo Hegel Astete

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

It is expected that the new Government of Australia, to be elected on 7-9-2013, will continue its support of the democratic State of Israel.

Dr. Leo Hegel Astete

Mon, 26 Aug 2013

Lebanon should stop serving as a platform to send rockets into Israel of God at once. Stop meddling with the only democracy in the Middle East.

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Thu, 05 Jan 2012

While I do appreciate the English text, I am sure that this speech must have been given in Spanish. Would you have the original source in Spanish?

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Mon, 19 Dec 2011

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teacher

Thu, 06 Oct 2011

What a clever and worthy man! It is a pity he is no longer prime minister of Spain. If the whole Europe had such honest and morally sane politicians, it would be a place worth living.

Leo Hegel Astete

Wed, 05 Oct 2011

May I reiterate my support and admiration for the courage and vision of Mr. Aznar. May his words be heeded all over the world. On the other hand, can anyone let me know my Website? Leo Hegel Astete, Ph.D.

shivashish gunwal

Sun, 11 Sep 2011

israel is a victim of terror attacks and wars which were imposed , i acknowledge that it has been very brutal in its responses but israel has no option other than being brutal because it is on the very edge of survival . it is fighting for its very existence but somehow the world has failed to understand it . returning land to palestinians will not solve the problem for israel because the palestinians along with there arab allies dont want land from israel , they want total and absolute destruction and annihilation of israel . if israel still exists then it is because of there aggressive policies and the strong will of the israeli nation . in the middle east the rule is survival of the fittest , if isarel has survived till now it is because it is the fittest amongst all its neighbors .

A M Barba

Sat, 18 Sep 2010

United States will always support & defend Isreal. When it comes to Barack "Moron" Obama and his administration; as long as Rahm Israel Emanuel is his COS Isreal is safe. In addition, idiot Obama stated on 6/4/08, "Isreal's security is SACROSANCT" "Isreal's security is NON-NEGOTIABLE" "Let there be NO doubt I will AWAYS keep the threat of military action on the table to defend Isreal security" This has nothing to do to Jewish influence in Washington, has nothing to do with people in pockets. It is because we have always supported Isreal, we need Isreal to be our ally in a volatile region of the world.

Mark Pedersen

Sat, 03 Jul 2010

"Israel has transferred over 500,000 colonists into occupied territories (West Bank - Golan and Gaza - Sinai - Lebanon in the past) in contravention of international law."

The prohibition of the Geneva Convention of people settling in occupied territories does not apply here. The reason being: The "occupied territories" in this case are terra nullius, that is: Not part of any sovereign state.

Gracias, señor Aznar. The West needs leaders like you, while there is still time.

Tabitha Korol

Sat, 03 Jul 2010

July 2, 2010

Dear Mr. Aznar:

I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to you and to the renowned others who come together to form Friends of Israel Initiative, to speak on behalf of Israel, its right to exist in peace as a sovereign nation and to defend itself against Islamic tyranny. We are distraught that so few seem to recognize the threat of radical Islam, not just to Israel, but to the entire Western world.

People forget that the now-Islamic Middle East was once home to other religions, including Buddhism, Baha’i, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christians, Copts, and that Muhammad and his followers are responsible for the death of 270 million people in 1400 years. With the help of the media, European and US citizens are distracted and sorely uninformed about Islam’s worldwide activities - such as in 2009, when Islamic terrorists waged 2,117 jihad attacks on 5 religions in about 38 countries.

Our administration also refuses to link the September 11, 2001 bombing of the World Trade Center, killing 3,000, to the fulfillment of Islam’s purpose: the planned construction of a Cordova Mosque, due to open on September 11, 2011. Adding insult to injury, the name of the mosque is symbolic of the caliphate during Islam’s Golden Age in Spain, when they ruled over Christians and Jews. While the Imam promises peace and harmony (using taqiyyah for deceit to the infidel), it can only be Islam’s definition of peace and submission under Allah.

We wish you success as you undertake a difficult task, and you are all to be commended for your courage. May you soon have the support of your governments and those who espouse the continuance of democracy.

Ms. Tabitha Korol Beachwood Ohio 216-360-9009 unsospiro@sbcglobal.net

sylvie

Wed, 30 Jun 2010

my answer to m amin. you must to learn good books we never occupied our land we were spolied and other people took it .But thank god we return . Explain why arabs want occupy all the world ,why their only goal is to built mosques , why almost all the terrorists are arabs .Your religion is only blood ,Mohamed your dear phophet killed the people who don't want to convert. The Thora never oblige people to convert ,you must accept that we are the people of the Bible. By the way I am very pleased of the positions of Mr. Aznar ,I always thought that he is a big man.

m amin

Thu, 24 Jun 2010

Dear Sirs, It is not fair that you discarded the important correction to my comment. Regards

Marion Paris

Thu, 24 Jun 2010

Israel's existence is a sine qua non--today, tomorrow, and forever.

m amin

Thu, 24 Jun 2010

Dear Sirs, I am sorry i meant to say forty years of occupation, not sixty years as stated mistakenly in my comment. I apologize for the mistake and wish to have it crrected, plz. m. amin

m amin

Thu, 24 Jun 2010

Mr. Aznar is looking to things in just one eye. He does not mention that Israel has been occupying another people for more than sixty years. Just end the occupation of the land that five Israeli prime ministers( Rbin,Perez,Sharon, Olmert and Natanyahu) amitted it is an occupied territory, and all kinds of hostilies will cease automatically.But the catastrophe is that so many Western politicians are hypocites who look for personal advantages. and they are - unfortunately- part of the problem, not the solution.

Yossi Segal

Wed, 23 Jun 2010

Dear Jose Maria Aznar, It makes one's heart beat more regularly, and I hope that your groupd will flourish and upheld the turbulence of days to come. You are a very courageous and conscientious man.

Karen

Wed, 23 Jun 2010

Outstanding! I'm glad someone isn't afraid to speak up for Israel. We need more people like him.

zvi gross

Tue, 22 Jun 2010

Right on. It's interesting to note that those who oppose his position have no logical argument to offer besides name calling- a tactic more suited to kindergarten, then to mature arguments. Names like, blockade, siege, starvation,killings,atrocities, attributed to the "monstrous", "inhuman" Israelis, and all other titles mean nothing when they aren't supported by reasoned documented facts. Try to compare the safety of Palestinians next to Israel, and Israels' human right record to the safety of people in Pakistan, Darfur, Kurdistan, Iraq,Iran South Africa,etc. I want to hear not mad raving and ranting, but reasoned and substantiated facts.

Rosie Zadah

Tue, 22 Jun 2010

At last someone speaks up! It is time to wake up. The flotillas were refused to dock in Cyprus! I wonder why? They know too well how to manipulate the naiive world behind the "victim" shield to get sympathy they want. In the mean time, the weak and spineless Obama, is stripping all agreements with Israel hence exposing them to the Iranian's jaws. If Israel is destroyed, Europe AND America will be next!

Mario

Tue, 22 Jun 2010

Finally one european that is not afraid form muslims. Please investigate where is all stuff brought by the marmara. You will wonder that all "humanitary" help is stagned in Ashdod port warehouse because hammas don't permit it to bring it inside gaza strip. A large and deep investigation should be done about it. Thank You Pepe!

andrew burton

Tue, 22 Jun 2010

we need Israel more than Israel needs us!

Al Mashkalgee

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

What happened to free speech , why are afraid to publish my comment?

G Budnick

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

I fully agree with José María Aznar. I applaud the efforts to get international support for Israel and their right to exist. Perhaps Spain is finally feeling guilt for the Inquisition? Or, are they are concerned that if Israel did not exist, all those Sephardic Jews would wind up back in Spain? It is obvious that the Arab nations' cause is not to support their displaced Palestinian bretheren. They could have accepted the refugees from Gaza in to Egypt, Golan Heights in to Syria and the west bank in to Jordan. That would have made sense since those countries claimed to have rights to those territories at one point in time. However, their cause appears more anti-semetic and driven by fundamental Islamic beliefs that infidels should be elimated (especially those that are perceived to be too close to the home of Islamic fundamentalism.) Before the UN voted for partition in 1947 and Israel was formed in 1948, there were Jews living in those 'respective' Arab countries. Those Jews were expelled. Where did they think they would go? My concern is, if there was a UN vote TODAY, on Israel's right to exist, would it garner the same support as in 1947, or would many countries vote to sweep the issue under the Persian Rug and vote against Israel now? That would mean that terrorism has worked in changing mindsets and THAT is most dangerous.

I am fully supportive of Jose Maria Aznar's new Friends of Israel initiative to rebuild Western values and the views toward Israel...so that we are not "lost" too.

David Mangurten

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

Thank you Mr. Aznar. Finally, somebody with an international voice who has the coorage to speak the truth about the importance of Israel to those who champion freedom and democracy.

Faina Levitsky

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

Finally a politician who sees the bigger and intelligent picture past all the antisemitism that clouds the minds of even the intelligent people. This is a very insightful piece of the truth. I hope that in the next few years people all over the world can start to see the UN for what it really has become and Israel for what it always has been. Thank you to Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar for opening the eyes of many to the truth, no matter what.

Sincerely, Faina Levitsky (a proud Zionist)

Omar al Ghareeb

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

In an Ideal world - Mr. Former prime minister - a brutal and unjust seige such the one around Gaza would not be allowed to exist as long as it did ! In an Ideal world commandos armed to the teeth would not shoot peace activists at point-blank range after invading thier ship in international waters !! In an Ideal world - Mr. FORMER prime minister - a person who defends the slaying of unarmed civilians and the starving of an entire population and rationalizes those crimes by stressing the western strategic need of the criminal who commites them would not be called a "former prime minister" but rather a "former human being" ..!

Annie Cohen

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

Thank you Mr. Aznar for this great article. At least some one is intelligent and understands what's going on in the middle east. Thanks for supporting Israel and good luck with Friend of Israel initiative.

Mrs.Angela Wine

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

I fully agree with José María Aznar the prime minister of Spain between 1996 and 2004/ The world doesn't take into account the basic issue as far as Israel is concerned.,i.e. islam doesn't want Israel to exist and time and again there are those (Hamas, Arafat, Iran Hizbulah) that openly say, firstly that they don't recognise Israel and secondly they want to annihilate Israel that Israel is occupied territory. That is there are the Arab states that are still at war with Israel ever since 1948. THis is the bottom line and as a result Israel has to defend itself even if it means closing off Gaza from arming itself in order to destroy Israel. Unfortunately, Israel has (and I quote José María Aznar) a kind of maochistic self-doubt over its own identity; by the rule of political correctness; by a multiculturalism that forces her to her knees before others; In my opinion, it is Israel's duty to herself to shout out loud and clear again and again to the Western world , the basic issue of survival so that the world doesn't forget Awin

Linda Jansen

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

And now let us hear from the people of Spain.

They support the people of Palestine and the Israelis who know their inhuman treatment of the Palestinians will not stand in the long run.

Mr. Aznar is a boob.

sarah

Mon, 21 Jun 2010

Mr. Aznar, thank you for expressing your support for Israel unequivically. Your points are well made and without excuses. I wish you much success with your Friends of Israel initiative.

Al Mashkalgee

Sun, 20 Jun 2010

Asnar, I advise to go back to school and search the ugly history of Zionism and what they have done in the name of Jewish people. You have no idea , Zionism must die in order to have peace between the Jews and indigenous Palestinian..

Liza Lott

Sun, 20 Jun 2010

Thanks!

Assaf

Sun, 20 Jun 2010

Israel is the first and only true owner of the land. "Palestine" is a new term for something that never existed. According to the bible (the old testement, which ALL religions follow) this is the truth. It may be unfortunate for the last occupants of Israel, who like to name themselvs "Palastinias", but again, this is true. Luckily intelligent people live Mr. Aznar are finally realizing it.

David H Davila

Sun, 20 Jun 2010

7 Arab countries fought against Israel in vain.Most of the land aquired by Israel was returned for peace to countries that understand that only peace can work.How can you give back land to fanatics who want to exterminate you and throw you into the sea.I do not beleive not even in a dream that if the situation would have been the other way round,we would get 1 metre of land back.The Arabs like the Jews pray to the same and unique G.D and where ever jews live,there is blessigs and prosperity for all the nation.May the LORD bring peace to the world AMEN. Bravo Mr. Aznar you are a great politician and peace lover.

Mordecai Ben Natan

Sun, 20 Jun 2010

Neil and others like you.

How many more times must Israel offer the so called Palestinians 98% of Judea and Samaria, and East jerusalem? Ehud Barak, when he was PM of Israel, offered arch terrorist Arafat, everything. What was the result? A terrorist war. Israel gave Egypt the whole of Sinai, Sharon, as PM of israel, moved 8500 Jews out of Gaza for peace. We all know the result. What have the Arabs offered in exchange? Terrorism!

No, Neil and all the blind people, israel hast made many sacrifices for peace. But instead, all Israel got back, was suicide murders (for sex starved idiots who think that they will get 72 virgins for murdering Jews. But there are no virins left)

Why does the PA insist on haveing an army? for peace? When the Arabs make peace with israel,trade, diplomatic exchanges, a show of friendship, stop hate speech, the PA and Hamas remove from their charter the total destruction of the Jewish state, without Israel putting itself into extreme danger, then there will be peace. peace is a two way street.

For those who believe in Arab propaganda.

For your info, Israel did not remove the Arabs from the reborn jewish state. they were told by the Arab armies to get out, so that they can dribve the Jews into the sea. Fortunately, with the help of G-D, the Arabas were taught a lesson, which they never seem to learn.

Zagroz Kurdnjad

Sun, 20 Jun 2010

i am Kurd from Eastern Kurdistan, we suport Israel , Long Live Israel and Kurdistan

Ralph Strachan

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

What an encouragement this article is from a prominent european statesman. I look forward to more in this vein.

P. Maurer

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

Thank God for brave men like Aznar. I am not Jewish, but I have always been a friend of Israel.

golda

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

Thank you God. Please give us more of men like this, intelligent people who can see the wrong that is being done to Israel, and the terrible situation in which the Jewish people find themselves. If they fight back they're wrong, if they are successful, they are wrong. Never do we hear of all the good they do in the world, and the help - yes help they have given to many Palestinians. If you don't know about it, then you are truly biased. What Israel needs is a better PR system, the world needs to know and understand some of the good that is done in that country, which, is so tiny compared to all around it, is disgusting that the rest of the world should deny them that small, very small safe haven, and they should not be persecuted anymore.

Yacov Toledano

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

Thank you Mr. President. You are a brave man.

Anony Mous

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

This is spot on but I have little doubt that many in the West will use the normal twisted logic of contemporary liberalism to ignore the message. Speaking from the perspective of someone currently living in England it is clear that the stupidity and rabid self-loathing of the British "establishment" and its liberal supporters (the liberal consensus on self-hatred and the assumption of guilt for all the ills of the world has a frighteningly powerful hold here) means that this country is being Balkanised at an alarming rate and with the tacit approval of the talking heads who purport to cherish our "shared values and ideals".

Islam has more power in Britain than most will admit and it is getting stronger. This is mainly because no-one in power will stand up to the constant demands made by Muslims and so little by little it is Islam that is calling the shots. Anyone who dares question or disagree with the liberal consensus is vilified as a racist, fascist imperialist, all of course in the name of free speech!

No doubt if this post is published it will be attacked as being paranoid BNP-style nonsense. It isn't paranoid and it isn't nonsense and it won't be long before it becomes obvious to everyone in Britain and Western Europe that through our own idiocy we are in very real danger of losing what remains of our civilisation.

R.S. Ratner

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

What a load of bull! Is it inscribed in "western values" that any one state be allowed to occupy another people's land indefinitely? What does this distinguished statesman have to say about the plight of the Palestinians? This trumpeting of western values is a shameful response to a deep and complicated conflict that requires a creative and balanced approach if it is to be resolved. These guys are just fanning the flames.

Eduardo and Amneris Torres

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

Amen, amen.

Andrés Markovits

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

If Israel goes down (God forbid), it won´t occur without an epic stand to the last man (I hope to be there if and when, as I was there in 67) and I am quite sure that at leas the following would occur:

1- Heavenly virgins will be in short supply for all the demand, and 2- Middle East oil will stop flowing for years to come.

Number one would be a bonus, but number two would throw the world into an indescribable crisis. The next Holocaust (God forbid) won´t be ours only.

Therefore the courageous words of the courageos President Aznar have a very literal meaning.

Alex

Sat, 19 Jun 2010

There are some decent people in the World, and Spanish PM (too bad former PM, because Spain is definitely declined since last election) opinion in London Times, clearly written, without any excuses for unseemly behavior of so many so-called Western democracies, should be shown to our current US president so he can define moral clarity in his words and resolution in his actions. Let's hope for the best. First, starting from actions of Friends of Israel Initiative, and second, for 2012 President election so it will bring sanity to US politics to Israel as well.

Jonathan R. Walton, Esq.

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Unexpected help!

Joseph Pollock

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

If only other world leaders had the guts to say what José María Aznar has said. Wouldn't it be nice if Mr. Obama joined the new Friends of Israel initiative?

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Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Israel is America's only true friend in the whole region! Who else is America's true ally there? Eygpt, Iran, or Saudi Arabia???? HAHAHA ye right

Frank Adam

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

This piece of Mr Aznar is a pleasant surprise given the mixed image of Spain in history particularly Jewish history, and the attitudes of most Spanish governments and a lot of their press these sixty years.

We must challenge all Israel's enemies why they presume giving the Arabs Israel on a platter will cause peace to break out, "from the Ocean to the Gulf?" Arab states have killed a couple of million Arabs (Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon, Algeria, Yemen) and non-Arab neighbours (Iran, Kurds, Sudan) without any UN outcry. Israel is a sideshow excuse to divert outsiders and the "Arab street" from Arab governments' corrupt incompetence, vindictive violence, authoritarian bigotries - and that is just starters.

In every Middle East peace plan the "cat to bell" is Arab consent. Arabs have refused every two state peace plan and opportunity to create an Arab state in Western Palestine since 1937, if not since 1921.

The best thing to do is let them stew till oil runs out by exhaustion or price; then they will have to come crawling. Currently they are the big headed woman playing hard to get to a queue of courtiers so of course no business is concluded while they haggle for more "jewelry."

Ernesto Vizcaino Bejarano

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Thank you. Finally, someone with the fortitude to tell the truth.

Antonio

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Nathalie, the article was originally published in English, not Spanish, for inclusion on the opinion page of the Times (London).

A lengthy summary of the article is available in Spanish from El mundo at the following site:

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2010/06/17/internacional/1276798107.html

Rob-NY

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Thank you Mr. Aznar. You are one of the great statesman of Europe who reminds your fellow Europeans once again of the tragic lesson that barbaric hostility begins with the Jews but it never ends with the Jews.

Ivan

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Neil, about 7 hours ago No one argues that Israel has the right to exist. The question is what is Israel? What are it's borders? The international recognised border (until there is any mutually agreed changes) is the Green line ---------------

Hogwash. Israel borders are determined by the UN SC resolution 242. Which states that Israel will returns lands it captured in 1967 - not all of them! - as the result of the process of negotiations and peace settlement. Too bad the Palestinian side chose to continue war instead of the peace settlement negotiations. Where any other aggressor that was resolutely defeated, not once but several times, was ever allowed to continue attacks on the victorious side in the conflict?!

Andres

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

As a spaniard and a friend of Israel, I feel proud of JM Aznar!!!!

George Blair

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Factual and well stated, Mr. Prime Minister. The countries of the world need more leaders with your understanding and vision. Yes, we are all on this 'boat' together and if it sinks we all go down. Thank you.

Nathalie Archer

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

I think this is a remarcable article and have been looking for it in Spanish to pass on to Spaniards but am unable to find it. I cannot believe that José Maria Aznar did not write it in his own language first. Please if anyone has seen it in Spanish could they send it to me. Thank you

Mike ahmadi

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Mr. Aznar is terribly wrong. If he is a good friend of Israel ,he must advise Israel to moderate its actions in the region and to respect other peoples, especially those in Gaza.Tyranny can't last and Israel should look at the US experiences in the world.Force can't give you a lasting security. Remember, Mr. Aznar, all tragedies Europe had experienced because of humiliating other peoples.Due to that humiliating,arrogant and imposed treaty called Versailles treaty which awakened and inflamed the nationalism and fascism in Germany. But Europe had learned the lesson and behaved differently after the victory in world war II. What a beautiful contrast (Versailles versus Marshal plan to reconstruct Europe.

Daniel

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Israel is currently the leader of the West - America has stumbled in this role. But, I have full confidence in the moral recovery of the US. Long live the United States of America, Israel, and our beautiful relationship.

Andrew Songa

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

May God Almighty Bless you richly for your great article. You are 100 percent right and all you say is true.

Neil

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

No one argues that Israel has the right to exist. The question is what is Israel? What are it's borders? The international recognised border (until there is any mutually agreed changes) is the Green line. Unfortunately, Israel has transferred over 500,000 colonists into occupied territories (West Bank - Golan and Gaza - Sinai - Lebanon in the past) in contravention of international law. The lack of negotiated borders is the weeping wound that defines most issues associated with Israel. Another issue that Mr Aznaz is overlooking is how Israel was set up. He very conveniently ignores that Israel ethnically cleansed 531 Arab villages in 1948. In many cases, executing any captives as Israel did not have prison camps to keep them in. (research Deir Yassin for information) I know that this view will be denigrated but I urge anyone with an open mind to read Benny Morris's history book "Righteous Victims". Benny is a Jewish historian who suggests that the only mistake Israel made in 1948 was that they did not ethnically cleanse all Arabs from the new Israeli territory. If this makes it through the sensor, I urge people to have a look at Benny's book. It may open your eyes to what happened and why the Palestinians call it the Nakba. All the best. Neil

sophie

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

I love this article. It's so honest! Finally there is someone not afraid to stand up. I'm annoyed by the media that are not willing to tell the whole story. I'm annoyed by people who clearly think Israel does not have the right to defend itself.

'The West is going through a period of confusion over the shape of the world’s future. To a great extent, this confusion is caused by a kind of masochistic self-doubt over our own identity; by the rule of political correctness; by a multiculturalism that forces us to our knees before others; and by a secularism which, irony of ironies, blinds us even when we are confronted by jihadis promoting the most fanatical incarnation of their faith'

This is so true! Thank you for telling your story and thank you so much for your support.

Mesa Taveras

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

What a great article this is. Jose Maria Aznar hit the nail on the head when he says if Israel goes down we go down too. I wish we had a president that thinks like Jose Maria Aznar.

Tav

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

“The real threats to regional stability, however, are to be found in the rise of a radical Islamism which sees Israel’s destruction as the fulfilment of its religious destiny”

It is not “radical Islam”, it is Islam and the fulfillment of it’s religious destiny is the killing or subjugation of all of non-Islam.

Brian K

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Well stated! The challenge Isreal faces is that no matter how hard it tries in the area of public relations, it get's trumped by the images on TV and print that show people that look "white" battling people with dark skin that know how to play the long-suffering victim to the ever-willing media that wants ratings via "if it bleeds it leads". We are no longer proud of our culture and heritage and feel guilty over our abundance and success we achieve. We are lead to believe that our wealth is from exploitation of poor countries, but this is false. Like the article states, our success is owed to our Judeo-Christian culture that honors hard work, responsibilty, tolerance, self reliance and self determination. The Muslim countries hate Isreal(and the West) because they envy Isreal and the fact that Isreal's success exposes the utter failure and complete retrograde force of Arabic culture and Islam. If they got what they wanted and wiped Isreal from the map, who would they have to blame for their self inflicted problems? They will never accept that they are to blame for their own problems. Their culture just can't handle the truth.

Ariel \

Fri, 18 Jun 2010

Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister for your kind words and courage in the face of this horrible hate storm that is currently blowing over Israel.

Desiree

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Shalom, Gracias José Mª Aznar! I´m writing from Madrid and for the first time I read an spanish leader writing a great articule. Believe me, Spain is still a very narrow minded society where being ignorant and willing to talk or write for free is becoming a normal issue. Thank you to all my friends from Israel, they are always there to help. I feel very proud of Israel. they are my brothers.

Richard

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Right on Mr Prime Minister! Well said. I'd like to join your group

SIRJASON

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

SANCTIONS v CONTAINMENT Containment of the USSR by the USA is the procedure that eventually drove the USSR into bankruptcy and collapse, independence of countries controlled by the USSR and a new Russia evolved without one missile being launched. Why? Common sense and ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’! Both leaders of their respective countries knew and know now the devastation nuclear weapons can create. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs ruling Iran treasure death more than life, will launch weapons of mass destruction into Israel and America without fear of retaliation.

Muhammad al Baltsji, deputy secretary general of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's parliamentary contingent said, "A nation that excels at dying will be blessed by Allah with a life of dignity and with eternal paradise." (HT to MEMRI ). Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini said: "We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."

Iran will use their nuclear weapons as leverage in the Middle East over any country that stands in the way of their world wide caliphate. Their Quar`an commands all Muslims to join the Jihad (“Holy War”) and rule the world under Islam and govern with Sharia` law.

Therefore, containment of Iran has been and IS a futile agenda! Iran will continue doing precisely what they bloody well please and will NOT STOP until Israel and/or the America STOPS Iran with a pre-emptive strike on their nuclear facilities! http://www.themoviefitna.com/fitna-the-movie/.

dirt diver

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Aznar is right, absolutely right. Together we should stand, diveded we will fall. It is our duty to support Israel the only demorcracy in the region, surrounded by unbending enemies, waiting to destroy the country.

Lynne

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Thank goodness for the integrity and intelligence of people such as Jose Maria Aznar - We thank you for the moral fortitude to stand up for what is right. Muchas gracias - I only wish there were more like Sr. Aznar What we are witnessing in the world today is a resurfacing of the classic anti Semitism heralded by Islamic fundamentalists that do wish to destroy all democracies as we know them today.

shaffa

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

B R A V O, BRAVO,BRAVO to you MR JOSE MARIA AZNAR,finaley a leader with a back bone ,its a budy part that most of european are missing . thank's to you i regained some of my optimism in this world.keep up and god bless you.

Mark Ryan

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Thank God someone will stand up for Israel. My own country the US has a weak marxist president who has abandon Israel and will not even recognize we have a generational struggle against Islamic terrorists.

About damn time some real Men showed up.

Eliezer Yehoshua

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Thank you Mr Aznar, you are a brave man, I always thought that you were the best prime minister that Spain ever had. Pleas continue with your blessed support for Israel, this state needs and deserves it.

Sara Horowitz

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

I found the article on the WJC website.

J

JB Yahudie

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

It is so heartening to hear a Western leader put the issue directly and clearly. No equivocation; no "contextualizing".

We all await the expected reaction by the "progressive" (actually, regressive) forces in defense of the politically correct (for the Left) positions on "victimization" and "identity".

It is time for all good people to be courageous and stand up for Western principles and civilization.

One can only hope that José María Aznar returns to a position of power again soon.

Michael S. Levy

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

My hat is off to Jose Maria Aznar for having the courage to stand and speak.

Unfortunately, there are few in the world who would emulate his example. Turkey recently elected a pro-Muslim head of state. Since that time there has predictably been a deteriorating detante between Israel and that nation.

Aside from the realities of this latest situation, the world is and will always be fully ready to unveil its ever ready anti-Semitic stance under any supposed provocation.

Israel must remain strong and vigilant. It must not bow to public pressure reagardless from where it comes. Let us not forget that the embargo is not only enforced by Israel but by Egypt as well. They too have reason to fear Hamas in Gaza.

Sadly, we must acknowledge that there never will be peace in the Middle East and that Israel will always need to act in a defensive manner.

Michael Levy

Rochelle Costrell

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Bravo - great article and great cause. Issues well articulated.

Rafael T.Perez

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

B'H Good view about the real time in Europe. Thanks WJC for share.

c. cohen

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Thank you Mr Aznar. You remain a real statesman. I wish more people in the West would hear you.

Joshie

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

WOW!!! About time someone has decided to come to the rescue of the lack of Israeli PR. Israel is certainly a world power to be reckoned with, but their PR sadly lacks BIG TIME! The muslims have exelled in their PR and theatrical shows. The media have found just what they are looking for! Blood and death of "Victims" to create interest in their tabloids. For every Palestinian killed by the Israelis, there must be hundreds of muslims killed by their own or by nations other than Israel. Where is the outcry for those victims??? Where is the "all powerful UN" seen demonstrating those atrocities??? The UN (Useless Nothings) comprises of how many muslim nations??? What proportion of the UN are muslim dominant countries??? How many times are Israel (a tiny pin-prick on the globe) humiliated by this joke of a UN??? I could go on and on but won't because if the deaf have not heard the above article, expertly put together by Jose Maria Aznar, they will never listen. Fantastic article that should be sent to friends by email by every sane human being. Thank you

Rich

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Wonderful! Just when I thought there was no one left who would defend Israel's right to defend itself and to exist, along comes José María Aznar.

Thank you Prime Minister, for giving me some hope!

Beverly Neumetzger

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

I can't think of a more honest, articulate explanation of Israel's predicament and of the responsibility of the world (especially the media) to respond to it. Although Mr. Aznar began his history of Israel in 1948 rather than its more than 5,000 year presence there, limitation of space probably would not allow it. I hope this piece will be reprinted in publiations worldwide. Thanks to WJC for calling it to my attention.

Joan Farley

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Amen! Enemies of Israel have become desolate and so shall we unless we support her. I think it has begun as Obama seems against Israel. Bible prophacy is in play here and I for one intend to defend Israel to my death if necessary as a Bible believing Christian. That is the only reason I need to stand up for the chosen people. If they go down, we will indeed go down. The Bible foretells the future.

Paul W

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Great article

But considering world history and the Jews, you are probably pissing into the wind. No matter what the truth is, the history of anti-semitsm is alive and well, and getting stronger with each passing day, the world is slowly losing it's soul.

I wish more people had your viewpoint.

Paul W

ww

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

Well said!!!

Suzanne

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

This is an amazing opinion piece. With Spain producing the likes of Javier Solana, I am pleasantly surprised to see someone of Prime Minister Aznar's character standing up against the hue and cry of the world's nations against Israel. May he be blessed for his efforts and his support!

Marsha Santelli

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

How can I help?

Sandra

Thu, 17 Jun 2010

This is the most honest and best article I have ever read. It is about time someone from Europe spoke the truth.