Harper supports Netanyahu during Israeli-Palestinian tension

The PM asserted Israel’s right to self-defence

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated Canada’s support for Israel Wednesday in a conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Prime Minister’s Office says Netanyahu updated Harper on the situation in Israel, including steps taken to defend itself against attacks by Hamas.

The Israeli military pummelled Palestinian targets again Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive.

Israel began an offensive on Tuesday in response to weeks of rocket launches, and officials said the airstrikes would continue until the firing stops.

As the Palestinian death toll rose to at least 75, neither side showed any sign of halting their heaviest fighting since an eight-day battle in late 2012.

The PMO says Harper reiterated Canada’s steadfast support for Israel and its right to defend itself against terror attacks. Both leaders agreed that Hamas must end its targeted attacks on Israeli citizens.

The first diplomatic efforts to end the heavy fighting began underway Wednesday with Egypt speaking to all sides about ending the violence.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in touch with Israel to try to lower tensions. And U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned of a “deteriorating situation … which could quickly get beyond anyone’s control.”

Netanyahu also spoke Wednesday with Kerry, Ban and German leader Angela Merkel.

—with files from The Associated Press




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Harper supports Netanyahu during Israeli-Palestinian tension

  1. Palestinians are split between the useless PLO – a sock puppet for the US and Israel – and Hamas, locked up in Gaza. They pose only nuisance value to Israel. The only serious remaining Arab fighting force is Lebanon’s Hezbollah – but it is only effective when fighting at home.
    thanks to HARPER blood is his hand for supporting ISREALIS blindly.

    • Hussain,

      Read this part of the article again:
      “Israel began an offensive on Tuesday in response to weeks of rocket launches, and officials said the airstrikes would continue until the firing stops”

      If the muslims stop lobbing missiles into Israel, and stop kidnapping and murdering Israeli kids, then I suspect Israel would not be obliged to DEFEND ITSELF against the terrorists.

      simple really…….If you don’t want to get in a fight….then dont’ throw the first punch. Especially if the guy you are trying to hit is stronger than you are.

      As for harper’s support of Israel…..good. If you are going to pick sides…….pick the side that is civilized, don’t side with Barbarians.

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