Israel is our future, says former Spanish Prime Minister

As Israel goes, so goes the West, says Aznar.

The future of Western civilization will follow the future of Israel.

Jose Maria Aznar, Spain’s former Prime Minister, wrote an op-ed piece in the Times of London in which he explained that Israel is the first line of defense for the West and, as the birthplace of Christianity and Judaism, is a natural target for radical Islamist forces.

In order to do more than just talk he has begun an international organization, Friends of Israel, “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.

Read the entire op-ed piece at:


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