“The Israeli authorities have been informed of the affair, but the case has no diplomatic or political aspects. So it is not within our competence ». With these words, the Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, heard by the Jerusalem Post, distances himself from the story of the little Eitan, denying the reconstruction of the television channel 12, according to which the government of Naftali Bennett had expressed the opinion that the child was brought back to Italy and returned to the guardian, his paternal aunt Aya Biran. The story is tinged with yellow, because Channel 12 broke the news citing officials from the Ministry of Justice. The dicastery led by Gideon Sa’ar did not seem to have doubts about it: «We are obliged to do everything in our power to return Eitan, who was taken without the consent of his legal guardian in Italy. If there is no agreement between the two parts of the family, Israel will have to act to return it to the Italian authorities, ”representatives of the offices at 29 Salah a-Din Street commented in the morning to Channel 12.
Lapid is anything but a fool, he knows how to deal with ease with the media due to his background as a high-profile journalist. It is difficult to think that he exposed himself in the first person only to block the deep throats of the Department of Justice. The impression is that the Eitan affair will be dealt with under the radar by the diplomacy of Israel and Italy, without too much fanfare. All this to ensure the long-standing friendly and collaborative relations between the two countries. A close synergy that exists in agriculture, health, cybersecurity, scientific research, culture and universities. Just a few days ago, Italy decided to boycott the fourth Durban Conference scheduled for 22 September in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The Conference, which met for the first time in Durban in 2001, was immediately transformed into an anti-Semitic summit, and subsequent meetings have maintained this deplorable character. In 2009, during Durban 2, Iranian President Ahmadinejad called on the stage for the destruction of Israel and 23 ministers of the European Union, including Italy, decided to leave the room.
There is therefore the desire to close the case quickly, also to extinguish a narrative that unfortunately is tinged with gossip and suspicions about alleged economic interests between the two families who would compete for custody to pocket the maxi-compensation that Eitan will get for the death of parents and brother.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio declares that “it is necessary to ascertain what has happened and then intervene”, but the diplomatic machine on the Rome-Tel Aviv axis has already started. The referee of the game, invoked by the paternal aunt, could be the Hague Convention on abducted minors, ratified by both nations. The purpose of the document is to ensure the immediate return of minors illegally transferred or detained in any Contracting State. According to the Convention, the transfer or non-return of a minor is considered unlawful “when it occurs in violation of the custody rights assigned to a person, institution or any other body, jointly or individually, under the law of the State in which the minor had his habitual residence immediately before his transfer or his failure to return ».