A righteous gentile — José María Aznar

José María Aznar.  It’s not a name that meant much to me in the past, since Spain’s internal politics weren’t of overriding interesting to me.  It’s a name that interests me a great deal now, because it is the name of a man of extraordinary integrity, of true righteousness.  It is he who started an international organization called Friends of Israel, and it is he who speaks with courage and clarity, not just about Israel’s right to exist, but about the necessity of Israel’s existence:

Let me be clear. We don’t want in any case to defend any particular Israeli government or any particular set of policies or any particular party. Israeli institutions are mature enough to defend their choices. We want to stand up for the right of Israel to exist. Judeo-Christian values form the roots of our civilization. Delegitimizing Israel undermines our identity, warps our values and put at risk what we are and who we are.

So, dear friends, it is not only the threat that if Israel goes down, which, make no mistake, many of its enemies would like to see happen, we all go down. It is that letting Israel be demonized will lead to the deligitimation of our own cherished values. If Israel were to disappear by the force of its enemies, I sincerely doubt the West could remain as we know it.

You should read the speech in its entirety and then, if you can, post a link to the website, or send out an email about it, or post it on facebook.  What Aznar says must be repeated, and then repeated again, until it drowns out the ugly cacophony of lies aimed at delegitimizing the state of Israel.