Supporting the right of Israel to defend itself and its citizens

- July 19th, 2012

John Baird explains:

OTTAWA – While Israel threatened to “react powerfully” against Iran after a deadly terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, Canada’s foreign affairs minister stood behind its mideast ally’s right to defend itself.

“In Canada, it’s never the whole future of the state that is in question or the future of the Canadian people that’s in question. Whereas in Israel, it’s very, very different,” John Baird told Ottawa radio station CFRA on Thursday morning. “So obviously our first choice is to see these people that have perpetrated these crimes brought to justice. But at the same time, we understand that Israel has the right to defend the country and its people.”

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the attack, which killed eight people and injured dozens more, was “clearly a terrorist attack initiated by probably Hezbollah, Hamas, Jihad or any other group under the terror auspices of either Iran or other radical Muslim groups. We are in a continued fight against them, we are determined to identify who sent them, who executed it, and to settle the account.”

That sentiment was echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who vowed on Thursday that Israel would “react powerfully against Iranian terror”.

Bulgarian media have identified the suspect as Mehdi Ghezali, a Swedish citizen of Algerian and Finnish descent who was reportedly held at Guantanamo Bay between 2002 and 2004.

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  1. Hazel Brown says:

    I agree wholeheartedly that Israel has a right to defend herself and her people. As the last Christopher Hitchens often said, anti-Semitism is a form of psychosis. It is actually a threat to everyone because, as history as so aptly taught us, when people hate Jews, they hatch crazy plots to kill them and, in the process, end up killing others as well. This is not merely an anti-Semitic issue. It endangers everyone. What is sad is, I hear so many young people who have no idea of the history in the region, getting tidbits of biased and incomplete information from places like Reddit and then they start spewing out Jew hatred because it’s ‘in fashion’. Their ignorance stands out like a sore thumb and I see it for what it is… ignorance. They haven’t researched and they don’t know the lengths that anti-Israel groups will go to to spin things and fabricate things against that tiny nation. Really… they fight over 22 000 square km of land that used to be barren, parched desert. Israel has worked and fought long and hard to make it habitable and fertile and successful. Now… people want to rip that away from them. I don’t think so!

  2. John says:

    Here are two articles that appear in the oldest newspaper in Israel. They appear to be a lot more skeptical and objective than either the Canadian or American press when it comes to what comes out of Bibi Netanyahu’s mouth.

    “Swedish, Bulgarian officials deny Mehdi Ghezali is Burgas suicide bomber
    Officials reject earlier reports by Bulgarian media that suspect in attack on Israelis in Bulgaria was carried out by Swedish citizen who was a former Guantanamo detainee.”

    “Netanyahu wants to turn the Israeli intelligence failure over Bulgaria into an excuse to strike Iran
    ANALYSIS: The prime minister is trying to turn the failure to prevent the deadly attack into an accomplishment – two hours after the fact he was saying ‘all signs lead to Iran.’”

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