(Ottawa – July 15) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“As the Israeli cabinet approved a ceasefire that would have ended eight days of hostilities, Hamas rejected it without a second thought. This proves Hamas has no interest in peace.
“We have long believed that innocent Palestinian people living in Gaza deserve far better than the reckless actions of this terrorist organization.
“Make no mistake, Canada views Hamas as an international terrorist organization that is bent on the destruction of the State of Israel.
“The scourge of terrorism must be wholly rejected by all peace-loving people around the world. We must never allow moral relativism to act as cover for the indiscriminate attacks on Israel we have seen over the past eight days.
“We believe that Israel has the right to defend itself, by itself, from the continued campaign of terror being waged by Hamas.
“We sincerely appreciate Egypt’s efforts in attempting to broker this ceasefire.”
Also today, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau issued the following statement:
“The Liberal Party of Canada strongly condemns Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian ceasefire proposal and its rocket attacks on civilians.
“Israel should be commended for having accepted the ceasefire proposal, and demonstrating its commitment to peace. The Liberal Party of Canada, and many in the international community including the United States, the UN Security Council, and the Palestinian Authority, had urged a ceasefire that could have ended the tragic civilian loss of life in Gaza and the suffering of Israelis under terrorist attack.
“Israel has the right to defend itself and its people. Hamas is a terrorist organization and must cease its rocket attacks immediately.”
Baird and MP Marc Garneau, the Liberal foreign affairs critic, will be among the speakers at the Rally for the People of Israel to be held Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 pm, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private.