Information request from Foreign Minister Tajani to the Chamber
The condemnation of terrorism, the support and closeness to Israel in what appears to be the ‘September 11th’ of the Jewish State: from the world of Italian politics, especially from the government and the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, but also from the opposition forces , these were the words that immediately accompanied the news that came, and still comes, from Israel, under violent attack by the Hamas terrorist group. The Italian government “condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing terror and violence against innocent civilians. Terror will never prevail. We support Israel’s right to defend itself”, assured Palazzo Chigi. But exactly what does the executive intend to do?
This is the question that at the opening of the session in the Chamber, Lia Quartapelle, deputy of the Democratic Party, asked the Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, because in addition to condemning the attacks, we also want to understand how to avoid “a devastating escalation and encourage any attempt at mediation”, says the Dem representative, asking for information from Tajani to the Chamber, who was joined by Paolo Pulciani, of Fratelli d’Italia, and Andrea Quartini, of the 5 Star Movement.
The first responses came in part from the Minister of Defense, Guido Crosetto, who, in a letter to Il Foglio, explained that since the beginning he has been working to “stop the escalation. With equal attention and scruple I am monitoring, together with the highest defense operatives, as well as in continuous coordination with Maeci, the evolution of the situation in the Middle East also in the southern part of Lebanon where, for decades, the Unifil mission has been underway”, but also by the prime minister herself, who after having heard, yesterday, the Israeli president, Benjamin Netanyahu, today he had a telephone conversation with the prime minister of the Lebanese Republic, Najib Mikati.
(Adnkronos) – Not only that, however, because even the head of the Farnesina himself, first in an interview with Corriere della Sera, then in a connection with RTL, spoke of a situation which “paradoxically recalls the need to bring back the process of peace at the center of international attention. We are ready to work to encourage the cooling of tensions, as already achieved at the beginning of the year with the agreements of Aqaba and Sharm el-Sheikh, and the subsequent resumption of a political perspective”, begun starting from telephone conversations with the Israeli, Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers.
“On Wednesday – announced Tajani – I will be on an official visit to Egypt to meet President Al-Sisi. We count a lot on Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, the latter has effective communication channels with Hamas, so that they can carry out a ‘mediation work’, the problem, however, he underlined is that ”Hamas does not want any type of dialogue”, but rather, “it wants to distance the entire Arab and Muslim world from Israel and ignite the conflict thinking it has the support of Iran” even though ”we have no evidence of Iranian support”.
To arrive at a de-escalation soon, according to Angelo Bonelli, co-spokesperson for Green Europe and parliamentarian of the Green and Left Alliance, “the long-term solution must necessarily pass through the creation of two states and two peoples: Israel and Palestine But to get there, it is essential that the international community returns to actively dealing with the Palestinian issue, without leaving room for the hatred and armed polarization that we are seeing growing in various parts of the world.”
The political debate is also commented on Adnkronos by external observers such as the philosopher Massimo Cacciari and the political scientist Gianfranco Pasquino. “Until what the UN decided decades ago is reapplied, there will be no peace and we will continually witness these tragedies. So let politicians get around a table to see how to resolve the causes of this tragedy. And above all – says Cacciari – those like ours who don’t count for anything would do better to keep quiet”. Palazzo Chigi was illuminated: “And let there be lights”.
The union of Italian political forces in condemning the Hamas attack against Israel “seems to me – says Gianfranco Pasquino – to be a wise choice, I might even say slightly late but certainly wise. They have finally decided that they are on the side of democracy and of those who want live a life in peace, not of terrorists and those who finance them.” The emeritus professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna draws the parallel with the September 11 attacks: “I would avoid suggestive and insubstantial comparisons. If you are on the side of those who are attacked, September 11 is as valid as other situations. Attacks of this kind are unique from time to time.”