Amid the historic normalization process Israel and the whole Middle East is going through, a new peace-seeking player is emerging. Actually, it’s quite an old one – The Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Will we see knights walking the streets of Jerusalem soon?
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta is a unique entity that has its roots spread all the way back to the Knights Hospitaller chivalry order, established in Jerusalem a millennium ago. The Order is the only sovereignty in the world that possesses no land, one of three to have a permanent observer status to the United Nations General Assembly and the only one whose existence is focused solely on humanitarian activity.
From the interview I had with the order’s ambassador to the Republic of Nauru, Dr. Fabrizio Bozzato, in coordination with the Order’s Grand Magistry (its government), a window to dialogue and cooperation with Israel is clearly open. Bozzato is just as unique as the entity he represents. He is an Italian diplomat and scholar who has been living on three continents for the last five years. He was appointed as the Order’s ambassador to Republic of Nauru a year ago, just a few months before he was awarded Knighthood of the Order of the Star of Italy by the Italian president.