Bombers of Gaza’s children to take part in Sardinia training exercise this September.
Italy has offered more concrete support for Israel’s latest attack on Gaza than perhaps any other European Union country. As the massacres began earlier this month, two Italian-made M-346 jet trainer aircraft were delivered to Hatzerim, an Israeli Air Force base in the Naqab (Negev).
These warplanes — the most “advanced” of their type, according to their manufacturers — will be used to train pilots for similar operations to the one now being carried out against Gaza’s 1.8 million people.
Roberta Pinotti, defense minister in the Rome government, stated last week, that “Italy does not provide Israel with weapons of an offensive nature.” She also said that Italy complies with the EU’s code of conduct on arms exports, which has been legally-binding since 2008.
Both claims were dishonest. As the M-346 are military aircraft and their end-user — Israel — is occupying the land of another people, they are offensive by definition.
The EU’s code of conduct, meanwhile, forbids weapons sales if the weapons in question are likely to facilitate the abuse of human rights or international law. There is ample evidence that Israel uses weapons to violate the rights of Palestinians and international law.