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Il Giornale, January 17, 2013Interview by Gabriele Villa

The Italian journalist won’t run for reelection at the Chamber of Deputies.“Disappointed by Monti onPalestine”

Five years intensely lived inMontecitorio[Seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, T’s N]: questions, hearings, laws, interrogations, international meetings of considerable human as well as political relevance. She was on the forefront, as usual, as Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. Now, a turn: Fiamma Nirenstein,the outstanding journalist lent to politics is going back to journalism and to Israel.

Fiamma, what happened, is this choice due to a last level disappointment?

“Not at all. I spent five great years in Parliament and I am leaving it in agreement with my friends and close ones, with great peace of mind, without any frictions. The rationale of this choice is due to the two loves of my life: journalism and Israel, the bestthings I’ve ever met in my life”.

Nostalgia is calling then …
“As a correspondent I had the chance to travel all over the world and tell emotions and situations also from not so easy fronts. That’s it, I intend to continue this path, as long my energies enable me. All the more that the Middle East has become a more important issue, if not the most important, and I really feel like going back to take care of it andplay my concert onmy PC keyboard”.

How do you judge your political experience?
“Extraordinarily valuable.I believe that having played a role as an international political commentator, bringing my own contribution to the political debate, as well as to the evaluations and voting on issues regarding the places I visited that I thoroughly know, might also have helped in an italian better understanding what Israel is nowadays. Similarly it probably raised awareness within the Parliament among attentive interlocutors and bipartisan colleagues of issues such as the real implications of the so-said Arab Spring, of a nuclear Iran, and of the growth of the power of movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood”.

You mentioned bipartisan relations here, but you really didn’t like a decision in particular that Monti made …
“On one side I can express satisfaction with the bipartisan works in the committee on Anti-Semitism and on many other issues; nonetheless I was deeply disappointed by Monti’s indication to vote for the Palestinian non-member observer status at the UN”.

Why do you think he made such a decision?
“In the prospective of a better relationship with the left. He believes, like many others, that the pro-Arab ante might pay off. I am concerned that should a new D’Alema be appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy would once again plunge in a backward position, with a distorted view of the issues of the Arab world and Israel”.

Any plans for the next future?
“I want to go back to Israel and take the citizenship. I have good reasons to do so. January 27thwill be Holocaust Remembrance Day; nevertheless, widespread anti-Semitism still persists across the world, Israel is the only really secure homeland for the jews. Plus I also think that Israel is the only country offering nowadays a cultivated and intelligent future, a country where people lead a simpler and more naturallife, in solidarity, finding its strengths in the love of the nation and a deep meaning of life”.

How do you rate Italian politics?
"I fear what might happen, i.e. to see hordes of Grillo’s followers invade the Parliament. That would be no democracy. It is important to cast your vote, but the indications emerging from the elections however are not always democratic, the risk being that the democracy rate instead of rising, be decreased by certain outcomes”.
Data giovedì 17 gennaio 2013

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