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.
These is a Op-ed written by Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain in the British Newspaper The Times.
This is his clear warning:
” Israel is our first line of defense in a turbulent region that is constantly at risk of descending into chaos; a region vital to our energy security owing to our over-dependence 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 U.S. shows worrying signs of heading in the same direction”.
“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 defense of those values, is not only a grave moral mistake, but a strategic error of the first magnitude”.
The writer was Prime Minister of Spain, 1996-2004.