Sunday, February 8, 2009

Italians for Israel

Time to buy more Italian wine...!!! and travel to Italy to support this.
Fiamma Nirenstein, a journalist and some-time resident of Jerusalem, is a new Member of the Italian Parliament who is outspoken on Israel's behalf. She writes below that there is increasing understanding of what Israel is facing in its current war against Hamas.

Dear Friends,
We didn't expect what you see in this picture. This is the square of the Italian Parliament in Rome, Piazza Montecitorio: You can see the Palace on top of the square, and in front a lot of Israeli flags. That was last night from 6,30 to 9,30 pm. What you cannot see here, is the extraordinary number of members of Parliament, about 100 from all political sides, that took the stage during this time: for about three hours we were speaking about the role of Israel, its right to self defense, its moral height, its fight on behalf of us all, of our civilization and values, against the wild hate of the Islamic jihad represented by Hamas.

It seems to me that for the first time in the too long history of the Arab/Israeli conflict, apart from a minority of crazy leftists and fascists that took the street with anti-Semitic slogans, we have achieved a huge consensus on one critical point: this is not a local conflict, there is nothing in it that reminds us of a peace theme that has characterized the Palestinian issue. This is an attack against the western world, and Iran is behind it.

The change of attitude is great: the terrorist and religious nature of Hamas and the democratic, civilized nature of Israel are seen face to face for what they really are at least by the European elite at large, dead and wounded notwithstanding, and there rises an identification with Israel against a regime that uses human shields and promises slaughter of Jews in its charter.

What happens today, at least in Italy, is the defeat and fall of the leftist ideologies: ideology that has allowed justification of all the most violent crimes and most disgusting verbal attacks. If Arafat launched the terrorist Intifada, if he promoted the martyrdom of children in public speeches, the ideologists were ready to justify him with the issues of occupation, the Palestinian misery and loss of any hope. Not so with Hamas.

History, in Italy, has brought to a profound crisis the ideology of revolution and the justification of any cruel attack against a so-called unjust imperialist order. That time is over, nobody will see Hamas as the resolution of the problem and not even as the problem itself. I think that the word "peace" has lost that healing meaning that it once had. The new non-ideological point of view sees that there is no peace when one of the contenders doesn't want it, and that even if the world in the short run asks for a truce, in the long run it hopes for the defeat of Hamas.

Last night, many people, Ministers and Members of Parliament, composed a very new, interesting mix of opinions. I think that when you are not overwhelmed by exotic thirdworldism, the images of children educated as hate machines, the speeches of jihad leaders, from Ahmadinejad to Nasrallah, to Hanje, that deny the holocaust and promise death to Jewish and Christians alike, you are left only with disgust. Westerners, thank God, can still be disgusted by uncivilized levels of political speech.

But most of all, in the Parliament square, many of the Parliament Members said: "I love Israel".
You can't imagine how many.
Fiamma Nirenstein


  1. Dear All,

    I am a 19 year old Muslim student of Egyptian and Syrian origin living in the UK and have done all my life! I value the work that you are carrying out and accept positive arguments for the existence of the state of Israel as well as a Palestinian one. As i've said i fully support the idea of a two state solution so long as it treats both sides fairly and equally. as other have said before hand Islam isn't the problem, it some of the 'Muslims' that give it a bad name.The quran says 'respect the people of the book' and this obviously includes christians and Jews. I also think that if there ever is a two state solution and openess between the Arab states and Isreal then the whole area will definately prosper as some of the greatest scientists in the world are Israelis. Before anyone gets me wrong i am a devote Muslim and cherish my arabic origins but have had enough of all hte killing and suffering on both sides.

  2. Unfortunately Violence against Others is not uncommon in Islamized Countries, by Islamic/-ist people - Israelians are just a Target among other Targets. Islam unfortunately does not really teach Respect for Others - it teaches Respect just for itself. "The Cairo's Declaration" (1990), compared to "The universal Human Rights' Declaration" is an Example of it. Sorry but I unbelieve in Islamic Non-violence - it practically doesn't exist, and this is true from its very Beginning. Respectfully.

  3. i got wonder that you have presented this idea dear brother but the thing is weather Jews are ready to accept Palestinian state. i wonder that even people in western media pay their sympathies with Palestinians you are not going to accept the wounds of those people who are bombard everyday and killed like ants and animals very sorry for the mind of those people who reject realities. this is shameful Nonie think about it please

  4. hahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahha i am waiting for your approval

  5. I am an Italian Christian Zionist, I was raised Catholic, but years ago left the Catholic Church, I want to officially join a Mainstream Protestant Church, and I am NOT a "Anti-Catholic Bigot" but why can't the Arabs and Muslims just STOP the HATE, and realize the Jews have a right to their tiny ancient homeland, I know it may not be "Fair" to some Palestinians who lost their homes, but Life isn't fair, for example I am obese with Diabetes Type II and High Blood Pressure, that's not fair, I just accept it, I don't cry and rant and rave about it endlessly