Isaac Herzog is the president of Israel.
We stand at a second of peril for the household of countries, but in addition certainly one of nice alternative. Our world order is beneath assault; timeworn doctrines about peace and prosperity are beneath pressure; and new strategic selections should now be made accordingly.
Throughout my go to to Brussels over the following two days, centered round my deal with to the European Parliament for Worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day, I can be assembly with European Union and NATO management to debate our widespread motion for the safety of Europe and the Center East, in addition to methods to deepen our partnership and enhance our residents’ lives.
Our first essential motion level is the Iranian regime, which is, at this level, one of many biggest threats to the free world.
The Ayatollahs’ coverage of “exporting the revolution” has meant exporting the identical brutal oppression it applies in opposition to its personal residents. In arming violent proxy forces all through the Center East, Iran has unfold extremism to each place it touches — from the Gaza Strip to Lebanon, from Yemen to Syria. And the identical cruelty with which the regime in Tehran is now attempting to crush protestors demanding dignity and primary freedoms, it is usually inflicting on its neighbors.
The place Iran casts a shadow, human rights recede.
Certainly, Iran’s damaging habits has now spilled over from the Center East, reaching into Europe itself: Iran has been supplying lethal unmanned aerial automobiles which can be getting used to kill harmless civilians in Ukraine, exporting its chaos so far as the borders of Poland and Romania. More and more, Israel and Europe share not solely democratic values however acute strategic pursuits. Europe can’t afford to permit Iran to proceed sowing havoc within the Center East as a result of this regime is aware of no bounds and has come all the best way to Europe’s door.
One pressing strategic hazard is the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran, and right here Europe and Israel share a basic strategic curiosity: Iran should be prevented from reaching nuclear weapons capabilities in any respect prices. A regime that executes residents who’re merely exercising their primary human rights, sows chaos amongst its neighbors, violates each settlement and pursues a coverage of aggression in opposition to my nation must not ever be allowed to own nuclear weapons.
I keep in mind the negotiations across the authentic Joint Complete Plan of Motion, motivated by the misguided perception that luring Iran into an internet of financial cooperation would reasonable its regime. The previous few years have proven simply how mistaken this harmful perception was. Relatively than moderating, the Iranian regime poured the cash acquired from sanctions reduction into oppressing its individuals at dwelling and arming its proxies overseas.
These keen to shut a cope with Iran so as to revenue from its exports ought to do not forget that its essential export is carnage.
On this context, I welcome the vote within the European Parliament to blacklist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group, and I commend European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen for backing these calls.
For years, Israel has been warning that the IRGC is the chief arm of Iran’s technique of suppression and subjugation. It has taken a brutal crackdown on peaceable protests to make this level abundantly clear to the democratic world. And the proscription of the IRGC sends an necessary message to the regime that the world received’t tolerate its damaging habits.
In opposition to Iran’s revanchism, the Center East is realigning to supply a stable alliance decided to safeguard the peace and stability of our area.
The Abraham Accords, which have seen the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco set up heat and pleasant relations with Israel, have reworked our area and unleashed an astonishing outburst of commerce and cooperation. They’ve articulated a brand new and daring imaginative and prescient of mutual respect and dialogue between Jews and Muslims, and have discredited many years of international coverage orthodoxy about how peace should be made within the Center East.
We prolong a hand in peace to all our neighbors and name on all nations in our area, together with our Palestinian neighbors, to affix and harness this optimistic momentum. In the meantime, it’s crucial that Europe work to deliver extra nations into this circle of peace and spend money on the brand new partnerships it’s creating.
I name our rising alliance the “Renewable Center East” — a sustainable ecosystem of regional peace. And this new alignment is cooperating to fight not solely Iranian aggression but in addition the local weather disaster. We share the identical issues; we should cooperate on the identical options.
I envision a close to future through which the deserts of the Center East will generate photo voltaic power for export by means of Israel to Europe and past, giving the Continent the clear and dependable provide of power it sorely wants. Overseas funding within the Renewable Center East will, subsequently, not solely contribute to fostering regional cooperation within the Center East, however it would additionally instantly contribute to European peace and prosperity. The Renewable Center East should be a European strategic precedence.
So, to European leaders, I say: These are your allies. The growth of the circle of peace within the Center East, and its safety from a belligerent regime pursuing nuclear weapons, is crucial to the safety of Europe.
The second key challenge that I’ll be elevating with EU management is anti-Semitism — which is resurgent once more. The centerpiece of my go to can be my speech earlier than the Parliament tomorrow, marking Worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day.
For me, this can be an particularly transferring second. I’m the son of a British Military officer who helped to liberate the Bergen-Belsen focus camp, and my father advised me tales of the horrors he witnessed when he entered the gates of hell. I’m additionally somebody whose household got here from communities annihilated within the Holocaust.
Collectively, we’ll keep in mind the 6 million Jewish males, girls and kids murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators within the worst crime in human historical past. And, collectively, we’ll pledge to stamp out the resurgence of vicious anti-Semitism, which triggered Europe to devour itself as soon as earlier than, and represents a transparent and current risk to the well being of Western democracies.
In each the acute proper and the far left, in addition to sure Islamist circles, anti-Semitism is in Europe as soon as extra, and it’s important that Western nations redouble their efforts to fight it in all its kinds, battle the scourge of Holocaust denial and distortion, and simply as importantly, foster and rejoice Jewish life.
I’ve each confidence that the most effective days of European-Israeli cooperation are nonetheless forward of us. From cybersecurity to local weather expertise, tradition to commerce and a lot extra, the alternatives are actually countless for Israel and EU nations to work to advance their widespread values, and make our world secure from the forces that oppose all we maintain expensive.
Historical past will look again at this second and ask whether or not Europe took decisive motion to safeguard its prosperity on this second of disaster. Did it actively foster the forces of stability and progress within the Center East, investing within the rising alliance that’s decided to usher in a brand new age of cooperation and tolerance? Did it take uncompromising motion to stamp out anti-Semitism in all its kinds, fortifying its democracies in opposition to this damaging hatred?
Because the president of Israel, I pledge that my dynamic, democratic and modern nation stands able to deepen its partnership with Western and European allies in pursuit of our widespread safety and prosperity. The long run holds unimaginable promise for nations that pool their artistic energies and look forward with pleasure in what they’ll obtain collectively.
We now have no time to waste.