MARCO PANNELLA’S LETTER TO THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF ISRAEL SILVAN SHALOM.


Jerusalem, March 16, 2004

To the Foreign Minister The Right Honorable Silvan Shalom

URGENT


Mr. Foreign Minister,

in these dramatic times the world is witnessing the most serious threat, also for Israel, does not lie in the past, present or future force of accursed anti-Semitism and terrorism, or in the antidemocratic and uncivilized political state of affairs existing in much of the Middle East.

The threat and the greatest, most imminent peril lie in the joint and converging mistakes of Israeli and European politics, in the desire to ignore the need, the urgency, the concrete possibility of carrying out a great reform to the Mediterranean situation, be it European or Middle Eastern, which is heralded by the entrance of the State of Israel into the European Union.

An example illustrating this was provided just recently: indeed, a survey ordered by the European Commission in Israel into the opinions held by the Israeli people furnished absolutely and positively explosive results in relation to the circumstances which are invariably taken for granted, but which are diametrically opposed to the positions which emerged. 85% of Israelis (both Arab and Jewish) is in favor of full-fledged membership in the European Union and hopes that the Israeli Government will take steps to that end. By this token, the very foundations of current strategies – Israeli, European and American – are undermined, strategies which are aimed at and rely on “strengthening” the traditional forms of cooperation (“at most a partnership rather than a full membership!”).

In this way, as had already happened in the former Yugoslavia and in many of the Third World countries, the preservation of the full sovereignty of national states is supported and induced, although such sovereignty is anti-historical and has proven to be the source of desperate, violent and suicidal resistance of those people who are condemned to live under it. In the case of Israel, the country has been condemned to the very “independence” and “national sovereignty” which all European states, large and small, have themselves renounced, and which continues to turn Israel, covering 0.2% of Middle Eastern territory, not into the bridgehead, the outpost of a body of nations counting over 400 million people, rather a island under an encircling siege which for decades has been threatened by literal extermination and, as such, reflecting the tragic reality of a doomed land under the constant threat of death.

In the past days spent at Knesseth, I have come to realize that a very limited number of people in ministerial and diplomatic circles, in the press and in Jewish and international circles, are aware of the survey, of its findings and its numbers. Accordingly, neither the international nor the European press, including the Italian press, is reporting any different views.

Mr. Foreign Minister (allow me to say: My dear friend, Mr. Shalom) you yourself – albeit known to be in favor of the Transnational Radical Party campaign supporting Israel’s entrance into the European Union –again stated yesterday that the request for membership by the Israeli Government can only be the outcome of dramatic and complex political advancement and, as such, represents a rather distant outcome.

Allow me to say that the words I hear from every quarter, purported as self-evident truths, appear to me as the most blundering and gross mistakes. Indeed, the formal application for membership to the European Union should be a starting point (not the outcome!) of a process, of a necessary course. We know the process may take a decade. At that point the European Union would count 35/40 member states, however Israel would be on outside the scope of this historical event, and would bear the costs and the crushing weight of structural and institutional isolation, thus scattering, also politically, the wealth of the Israeli people who are among the most European of Europeans, among those who, today, firmly believe that the “question of peace” is, first and foremost, “a question of liberty, democracy and tolerance”.

Remember that recently, following a venture promoted by Emma Bonino and the Radicals, at Sana’a in Yeman a declaration was approved by most Arab and Middle Eastern states, which in itself has a measure of historic significance in terms of courage and liberal, democratic inspiration. Therefore, it is possible to place such attainable values and objectives, rather than the somewhat indistinct concept of “peace”, squarely on the agenda of democratic countries.

Mr. Minister, I have written to you – as anticipated d and agreed – rather than phoning up and requesting a meeting. I am writing so you may advise your Government, and above all to the Prime Minister Mr. Sharon, that we literally beg you to treasure the wealth of wisdom and greatness shown by your people and by those Europeans on whose behalf, at this juncture, I am more than certain I speak: send your application for membership to Brussels immediately.

I repeat Mr. Minister, we beg you to do so. No way is more certain to lead to peace than to provide self evident, historic, conclusive confirmation to the men and women in the Middle East, and in particular to the Palestinian people, of the their fundamental democratic rights, as was already done decades ago for the Arab people belonging to the State of Israel; no path is more certain, more stable, more speedy to achieve enduring peace not only form outside enemies but, above all, from those regimes which slaughter the rights of the men and women who live in their shadow.

A EUROPEAN ISRAEL IS TODAY THE MOST LUCID, THE MOST INSPIRING TRAIL THAT CAN BE BLAZED FOR THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST: A TRAIL LEADING TOWARDS THE WORLD ORGANIZATION OF DEMOCRACY AND FOR DEMOCRACY, TOWARDS THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE (INCLUDING ISRAEL AND TURKEY) AND AMERICA (ALSO INCLUDING CANADA) A TRAIL WHICH HAS BEEN SOUGHT AFTER WITH DETERMINATION BUT WHICH, AS YET, IS CONDEMNED TO SECRECY BY THE BLINDNESS OF TOO MANY, STILL UNWILLING TO BE COMMITTED.

With great enduring, friendship and together with all the men and women who support the Transnational Radical Party, shalom, shalom, shalom!


Yours,
Marco Pannella