As Israeli soldiers defend their country from ongoing violence in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered support for the besieged nation. In an effort to combat the continuing attacks from Palestinian enemies, Israel’s army conducted a mission last week consisting of ground troops and air strikes that left at least 160 dead.
“The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts for which there is no justification,” he said in a recent statement.
The Canadian Press reports he went on to affirm that Hamas is “deliberately using human shields” as the terror group escalates violence in the region. Harper called on other nations to join him in coming to Israel’s defense.
“Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions,” he said. “Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.”
Harper called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to disarm Hamas terrorists in the pursuit of some semblance of peace in the embattled region. Abbas, however, has recently gone to the United Nations to seek protection for his people.
In a recent request to U.N. Secretary General Bank Ki-moon, he complained that the “situation has become unbearable,” citing “hundreds of martyrs and thousands of wounded and huge destruction” in the Gaza Strip.
Ki-moon ultimately urged a ceasefire in the region in light of Palestinian deaths last week. Barack Obama weighed in on the matter as well.
Far from the unabashedly pro-Israel remarks made by his Canadian counterpart, Obama “emphasized the need for all sides to do everything they can to protect the lives of civilians and restore calm,” a White House statement revealed.
In China last week, Secretary of State John Kerry did defend Israel’s right to fight back against Palestinian aggressors.
“No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians,” he said; “and we support completely Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks.”
He went on to conclude that “de-escalation ultimately is in the interest of all parties.”
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