There are events in human history that leave a mark. There are moments in human history when many simultaneous events of magnitude are transformed into a new order. Disorder is the new order.
Russia has started the biggest war in Europe since World War II. Iran has the most warmongering, terrorist and dangerous government in its history. The new relationship between Russia and Iran is a direct threat to the EU and European countries. Russian-Iranian cooperation could prolong the war in Ukraine, increase Iran’s ability to advance its nuclear program, destabilize the Middle East, and undermine Western influence in global governance institutions.
China has become more bellicose toward Taiwan. Azerbaijan fanned a centuries-old conflict by invading Nagorno-Karabakh. Coups d’état in Niger, Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Gabon, all former French colonies. If we add existing conflicts in Yemen, Ethiopia, the Sahel, to name a few, the world is in turmoil.
And in recent days, the bloody and sadistic terrorist attack by the Hamas terrorist organization has frozen the blood of the free world.
Scenes of rapes, kidnappings, massacres against the civilian population. Rain of rockets, gunfire against children, young people, women and the elderly. A carnage. So far, more than 1,000 killed and more than 3,000 wounded, many of them seriously. The vast majority civilians.
However, despite the deep pain caused by this unprecedented terrorist attack, the people of Israel remain strong and united.
It is important to remember that Israel has a legitimate right to defend itself against terrorist attacks. Any country in the world would do the same to protect its citizens.
In addition, Israel has demonstrated its commitment to peace on numerous occasions, seeking diplomatic solutions and working with the international community to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The mediation efforts of the international community are vital to this process.
Violence only perpetuates suffering and stands in the way of a peaceful solution.
As Israel faces this challenge, it is crucial that the global community support efforts to achieve peace.
Peace is a noble and achievable goal, and with the determination and commitment of all parties involved, a day may come when the citizens of Israel and Palestine live in peace and prosperity.
With criminal actions like this Hamas, supported by Iran and Russia, among others, demonstrates that peace is not on its roadmap.
In their roadmap, the destruction of Israel is only part of the plan.
What comes next is the destruction of the free world. The one in which people live in democracy, with freedom of expression, with rights and obligations, with justice and in which coexistence, diversity and freedom are fundamental axes. None of this pleases the terrorists, who are accustomed to threats, extortion, violence and death.
The infamous attack against civilians, shows their cowardice by attacking a population that was enjoying a music festival, a picnic or simply a day of rest and disconnection.
And knowing that with this terrorist attack they would make Israel respond, they did not care about the future suffering of the two million Gazans. They only care about destroying the State of Israel and killing Jews.
“The billions of dollars in aid they received over the years could have gone to turn Gaza into a productive society, with decent schools, universities and infrastructure, which could have been a model for a future Palestinian state with the West Bank.
Instead, Hamas has devoted most of its energies and resources to digging tunnels into Israel and building rockets in an attempt to destroy a much more powerful enemy, thus depriving Gazans of any opportunity to develop their full potential, through a government that is decent, democratic and productive,” Nahum Barnea, veteran columnist
“Personally, I do not believe that Hamas can ever be a partner for a secure peace with Israel. Hamas has had too many opportunities over too many years to demonstrate that the responsibilities of governing Gaza would moderate its goal of destroying the Jewish state.
It turns out that it is nothing more than a Palestinian Islamist mafia, interested only in preserving its control over Gaza and willing to play cat’s-paw to Iran rather than making its main goal a new future for Palestinians there and in the West Bank. Its history of governance in Gaza is shameful”, Professor Victor Friedman
In times of difficulty, Israel’s resilience and ability to get up after every fall, no matter how great, are a reminder of the strength of the human spirit.
Almost all of us who live in the free world believe in peace, as well as in the defense of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
Today, we mourn the death of so many innocents, and we are distressed by the reality of more than 130 children, young people, women and elderly people kidnapped and taken to Gaza, to be tortured and eventually some used as bargaining chips.
“Not since the Holocaust have so many Jews been killed in a single day. And not since the Holocaust have we witnessed scenes of Jewish women, children and grandparents – even Holocaust survivors – being put into trucks and taken into captivity,” said Isaac Herzog, President of Israel.
Terrorism is a scourge, and to its credit it can never make a positive contribution to the society it claims to represent.
Finding avenues for dialogue that can lead to lasting peace in the region should cease to be a utopia.
In these fateful days the words of Golda Meir reverberate, when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us, then we will have peace.
These are very complex times and it is up to human beings to transform this tremendous disorder into a new opportunity to emerge stronger, freer and more human. It is not easy, but it cannot be postponed.