Lo studentello semideficiente che ero io, rimase sconvolto dalla cosa. Con tutto il moralismo dei miei infantili anni, pensavo che fosse una mostruosità picchiare una persona che non aveva ancora fatto male a nessuno.
Oggi penso che fosse una sacrosanta e fin troppo leggera forma di punizione preventiva, per ciò che questo mostro avrebbe combinato in decenni successivi, sui cadaveri e sui corpi mutilati di migliaia di nativi palestinesi.
Se un giorno il ragazzo che lo bastonò allora, magari un attempato impiegato statale prossimo alla pensione oggi, volesse farsi vivo, sarò felice di abbracciarlo e offrirgli, a scelta, una birra o un tè alla menta.
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Vice-President of EU Commission visits Israel
The purpose of the current talks is to boost the participation of Israeli industries and research institutions in various European space and aviation projects.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson’s Bureau)
Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission for Transport, is visiting Israel to discuss increasing Israeli participation in European space programs. The visit reflects the enhanced relations between Israel and the European Union in the fields of transportation, aviation and space.
Israel is participating in the European space project “Galileo“, which is working on a system of geographical locating using satellites that rivals the GPS system, and the Copernicus project, which is developing observation satellites for the environment and border monitoring. In addition, Israel participates in European Space Agency (ESA) projects and expects to sign a cooperation agreement with the agency later this year. Israel was also invited to join the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) initiative, which is developing a management system for air transportation.
The purpose of the current talks is to boost the participation of Israeli industries and research institutions in these projects. Vice-President Tajani will meet with PM Olmert, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, and Minister for Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai. He will also attend a diplomatic briefing at the Foreign Ministry and visit the leading companies of the Israeli aerospace industry.
Vice-President Tajani is responsible for Europe’s aviation policy, and he and Minister Mofas will discuss Israel’s desire to upgrade its relations with Europe in the field of transportation, especially with regard to signing an overall aviation agreement between the two parties. Minister Mofaz and Commissioner Tajani signed an aviation agreement in Brussels on 9 December 2008 that laid the foundation for an open-skies policy between Israel and Europe.
Vice-President Tajani will be the guest of honor at the opening of the Fourth Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, organized by the Israel Space Agency and the Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies.
Before being appointed to his present position, Vice-President Tajani served in the Italian parliament.