Sunday, October 10, 2010

Italian PM Berlusconi: I Feel Israeli

Ensuring Israel's Security and right to exist and are ethical and moral for Italians

(INN).Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi told a pro-Israel rally in Rome late last week that Israel has a right to exist and a right to its security – and that ensuring both are an ethical and moral imperative for the Italian people.

“Israel’s security within its borders, as well as its right to exist as a Jewish state, is the ethical choice for Italians and a moral obligation against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial,” Berlusconi told the crowd.

“My visit to the Auschwitz extermination camp, as well as the horror of the Holocaust barbary, gave rise to my indelible feeling of solidarity, Since then, I feel Israeli.

The rally, “For the Truth of Israel,” organized by Amici di Israele” (Friends of Israel), and held at the Temple of Hadrian, was headed by a parliamentarian from Berlusconi’s political party.

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, founder of the Friends of Israel organization, also spoke at the start of the rally. “Israel is not a Middle East country, but a Western country of the Middle East,” he said. “Every problem for Israel is our problem.”