...to say the least. This is the top contender for the EU's Foreign Minister slot.
From news article:
D'Alema, 60, is a member of Italy's main opposition party, the centre-left Democratic Party, but has apparently the backing of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. He was Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister from 2006 to 2008 after Romano Prodi’s center-left coalition, won the elections.
During that time, he was at the center of several polemics with the Italian Jewish community and Israel’s embassy in Rome for his stance and statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As Foreign Minister, “he didn’t miss a single occasion to criticize Israel”, a Jewish community leader in Rome has said. “On several occasions he stated his position in favour of talks with Hamas and Hezbollah,” according to Ricardo Pacifici.
In 2007, D’Alema criticized the Jewish community by saying: “What strikes me is that the most reasonable sectors of Israeli politics are not adequately supported by the more democratic Jewish world”.
According to The Guardian newspaper, the Israeli embassy in Brussels is understood to have voiced objections to a possible D'Alema appointment as foreign policy chief.