This is truly bizarre:
[M]any Israelis fear that an independent Kosovo, or a potentially unified “Greater Albania” could serve as an Islamist beachhead in southern Europe that relies on Iranian and Saudi support, an argument that [Kosovar PM Hashim] Thaci said “does not even deserve comment.” It was this concern that lead then Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon to break with most of the international community in 1999 and support Slobodan Milosevic during the NATO bombing of Serbia. Nevertheless, Thaci describes Sharon as a “great leader.”
I had no idea Sharon supported Milosevic in 1999; that’s beneath contempt, even considering Sharon’s proven comfort with mass murder. A European nation was slaughtering an ethnic minority and Sharon sides with the butcher-in-chief? That would be bad enough for the foreign minister of any other country, but it’s particularly disappointing considering that Sharon’s Israeli. In many ways, Kosovo is like Israel, a nation launched by victims of genocide to prevent future persecution. Israel ought to be the prime sponsor of such an endeavor. But instead, there’s FUD about Kosovo being some kind of Iranian proxy state.
By the way, here’s what Thaci has to say about the nature of the soon-to-be declared independent Kosovo:
Kosovo is going to be a democratic and secular state of all its citizens, and the freedom to exercise religion without any hindrance is granted by the Kosovo Constitution.