Thursday, November 03, 2005

Gotta Love Those Italians

People in Rome have scheduled a pro-Israel rally outside the Iranian embassy, according to Haaretz.

The demonstration was called by Il Foglio, a small conservative newspaper close to Premier Silvio Berlusconi, "to defend the right of Israel to exist."

The paper has said that more than 500 prominent Italians, including politicians from right and left, have backed the demonstration.


Italy’s foreign minister, Gianfranco Fini, released a statement saying that his presence at the torch-lit demonstration could damage Italian national interests. In the article, it wasn’t completely clear to me whether he plans to still attend. Regardless, the article had more good news.

A wave of demonstrations in support of Israel swept across Europe Wednesday evening, with protestors gathering in front of Iranian embassies in a number of capitals.

Fini does seem to get it though. He said the international community needs to maintain a “firm line” against Tehran.

"The problem of security doesn't only concern Israel, because if Tehran equips itself with a nuclear arsenal, the problem would concern the whole international community," he told reporters.

Iran, on the other hand, is displeased by all of this. Bummer. I so hate when they’re upset.

16 Comments:

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous seawitch said...

I am so glad to see all the support for Israel.

 
At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

Italians have always been very fair in their opinions and loyalties (mostly).

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Me too, seawitch.

Agreed, felis. And let's not forget, they've got the best food. :)

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Va Fanculo, Iran!!!!

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Rachy said...

wow, that is pretty cool

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Rebekah said...

Yahoo! Finally a rally supporting Israel. But don't expect to see THAT on the evening news...

I wanted to let y'all know, I'm hoping to start a discussion on my blog about guns, military, etc. It could turn out to be quite, um, interesting.:) Hope you can join in!

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I'll check it out Rebekah. Thanks for the alert! And thanks for dropping by and commenting. :)

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

I read about it at Ynet, and it is very heartening. They reported that 15,000 people came!

I guess when the nutbars in Mullahland start with the genocidal posturing, Europeans remember that we free nations are all on the same side.

 
At 10:22 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

P.S. Esther, yeah, the food is sublime. I had some of the best pasta ever in Italian train stations while waiting for a connecting train. Sicilian pastry is also heavenly. mmmm... (Homer Simpson drooling facial expression)

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Rory said...

I think we can really be encouraged by this demonstration. Also, Prime Minister Berlusconi has made some rather unflattering comments about Islam, in the past, and there are some Italian politicians who've been pretty outspoken in their support for Israel. The problem is the Italian media (why are we not surprised?), especially "La Stampa" which really sucks.

Esther, you and Patrick are right about the food, although I still think the best pizza in the world is in NYC.

 
At 2:55 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

It is too bad Oriana is not leading the march. She has the best rant this side of Mr Beamish in the Pride and the Rage.

When is the eft going to blame the disturbanci in Paris on Bush

 
At 10:38 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

My understanding is that more than 10,000 people marched against Iran's comments.

 
At 6:43 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Some say that up to 15.000 were there. My siblings danced and had fun.
Don't be fooled though, most Italians spend their days watching TV Newscasts about the Poor Palestinians and the Evil Israelis. I watched the political commentaries, and the political figures that attented the manifestation stressed time and time again that 'The comments of the Iranian president were outrageous, but the palestinian state blah blah blah'.
Iran's comments had nothing to do with that, but it seemed like they were apologizing for appearing to be too 'Pro Israel' that night, and so had to throw in their skepticism.
Don't get me wrong, it was nice of them to show up, but why did they feel the need to give excuses?

I have not seen any coverage on the American MSM btw. Just saying.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Fini and Berlusconi didn't show up because of the oil.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Thank you so much for those updates, RW. I knew you'd know. I wish I could say I was surprised but...welll...

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Bozwell said...

This is wonderful news--Once again the Italians lead the way. First with their tough stance on Terror and now this!

Good on 'em!!!

 

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