seen as threat to Israel
August 23, 2007
Most Israeli academics and military brass have expressed grave concerns
that an independent Kosovo will be an eventual threat to Israel because
of the province's rapid radicalization, says an American delegation that
was recently on a visit to Israel where they met with a broad range of
Israeli academics, military brass and top government officials.
"The academics and generals seemed the most gung-ho for making sure
that Kosovo wasn't granted independence," says Julia Gorin, one of the
American visitors to Israel.
The purpose of the trip that was organized by the American Council for
Kosovo and the Lord Byron Foundation was to brief the government institutions,
academia and Israeli media on the dangers of an independent Kosovo, highlighting
the common dangers of radical Islamic terrorism to both Serbia and Israel
that such an outcome will force.
Both sides were pleasantly surprised that they share the same view on
the issue of Kosovo's independence.
"I found that there was very little nudging I had to do with the particular
Jews we met," recalls Julia Gorin.
"They were quite well informed about the common history of the Serbs
and the Jews and, more surprising, they had an inherent dismissiveness
regarding the concocted crimes of the Serbs. That wasn't even a tripping
block in our conversations," says Gorin.
to right: Ambassador Bissett, Julia Gorin, James Jatras, Dr Srdja Trifkovic.
A more subdued optimism, however, was accentuated during the meetings
with the senior officials from the Israeli foreign ministry who expressed
a position that a negotiated, and not an imposed settlement is the way
to support Serbia's territorial integrity.
"These seemed to have a sad futility about them after sympathetically
listening to us," says Julia Gorin. "They seemed at least partly resigned
to the Serbsí continued untoward fate, without feeling as directly imperiled
as they should."
"My fear is that Israel will be told by the U.S. to recognize Kosovo
and Israel will do as told so as to not create problems for itself with
its strongest ally," concludes Gorin.
However, former Canadian Ambassador James Bissett has expressed more
optimism about the meetings with the Israeli officials.
"I was not only pleased with the visit but also surprised with the warm
reception we received at the highest level," says Ambassador Bissett.
"When you are talking to people in Israel, they know the history and
they know the great dangers that are in creation of an extremist Muslim
states in Europe," says Bissett.
The American delegation says that the Israelis expressed thorough familiarity
with Serbian tribulation, not only during the WWII Holocaust but also with
the recent attempt by the Islamic militants to capture the province of
Many in Israeli academia and media expressed outrage that some American
politicians close to Israel also support an independent Kosovo which will
be a threat to Israel in the future.
Yuli Edelstein, a Likud member of the Israeli Knesset, was particularly
outraged and disenchanted that Senators Lieberman and McCain, who are very
supportive of Israel, share the same views as the terrorist Jihadists when
it comes to the issue of Kosovo's independence.
"He seemed shocked, disappointed, yet not entirely convinced that they
could behave so immorally," recalls Julia Gorin. "Yuli Edelstein was incredulous
that they could entertain the wrongheaded notion that Islamic good will
can be bought with Serb blood."
Edelstein recalled for the audience his father's experience, an identifiable
Russian Orthodox priest, when he was approached by a Muslim on a Jerusalem
street who demanded to know whether he was a Serb.
"The elder Mr. Edelstein answered, 'No, I am Russian'. 'Oh, that's too
bad,' replied the Muslim. 'I was really hoping to kill someone today',"
recalled Yuli Edelstein.