Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who is currently on a visit to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, is confident that in the long run that Islamic State will be defeated by a coalition of some 60-plus democratic states committed to fighting terrorism.
Speaking on Monday to diplomats, heads of pro-Israel NGOs and journalists at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, Reynders spoke of efforts and strategies both implemented and required to weaken the power and influence of IS and said that to some extent these measures had already proved to be effective.
Relating to the anti-terrorist coalition, Reynders said that two years ago, representatives of these countries had come together to decide on common action and shared responsibilities in addition to anything that each individual country is doing. While non-belligerent political action is preferred, this includes military action if necessary in the fight against virulent attacks against the innocent, working toward halting the financing of terrorism, curbing migration from the Middle East to Europe, integrating the migrants who are already in Europe and attempting to stabilize those places in the Middle East that have already been liberated, so that citizens who want to do so, can return home.
The terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22 were not just attacks against Belgium, but against the international community, said Reynders, who pointed out that there were many people from abroad at the airport and in the Metro which were the targets of the attack.
It is important to understand “why our young people are going to Syria to fight with IS against our values,” he said.