Prime Minister Stephen Harper issues statement supporting Israel's right to defend itself

The Israeli air force has dropped pamphlets from the sky on northern Gaza warning residents to flee their homes.

This comes after a week of hostilities triggered by rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. Israeli has responded with air strikes, as well as a naval commando raid in northern Gaza.

This was reportedly to disable a rocket-launching site. According to a CBC report, there have been 166 Palestinian deaths.

Meanwhile, Israel has tanks and ground forces at the border with Gaza, preparing for a possible attack.

This morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement about the situation:

"The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.

"Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. 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.

"Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.

"Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad."

Meanwhile, a professor of science, techology, and national-security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Theodore Postol, has told National Public Radio that the artillery coming from Gaza are 122-millimetre rockets.

Postol said that these weapons resemble a "four-and-a-half-inch diameter pipe" and might be from 10 to 20 feet in length.

"A typical explosive is 20 to 30 pounds, which is quite enough to kill you if it lands near you," Postol told NPR. "But, you know, if you take shelter it's unlikely to cause your house to collapse, and Israelis are set up to take shelter."

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More unintelligent waste from the sewer hole of our illustrious "slime minister"!
Rating: +3
Former Proud Canadian
How disgraceful and ignorant of our leader to call a democratically elected organization "terrorist" and to support the killing of innocent people! Too embarrassed to call myself Canadian.
Rating: +17
To the Prince of Darkness: was that statement really necessary? Aren't we already pro-Israel enough?
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Right to Defend
Since Israel has been stealing Palestinian homes for many decades and killing those who are troublesome enough to oppose the theft, I would think that Prime Minister Harper should issue a statement defending the right of Palestinians to defend themselves and their homes.
Rating: +20
Stephen Harper once again showing that he will always stand for what's right. Just because an organization is "democratically elected, doesn't mean its not a terrorist organization! Shooting rockets and suice bombings does! Perhaps the fact that a terrorist organization was " democratically" elected reflects on the nature of the population that voted for it?
Rating: -24
Dr. Jack
Hitler was "democratically elected"!!!!!

So was Mao, Assad, Saddam Hussein, Brezhnev, Ceausescu, Pol Pot!!

To name but a few!!
Rating: +1
Canada and Isreal...
No end and no beginning! ;)
Rating: -1
Can of worms
Wonder what his statement will be if First Nations begin to defend themselves on traditional land?
Rating: +11
An Israeli woman ripped up her Israeli passport because she is so ashamed of what Israel is doing.... I would do the same with my Canadian passport because of Harper's statement except that, rather than believing all Canadians are "unequivocally" on the side of Israel (as SH thinks), I believe he speaks for an obtuse, deluded minority.
Rating: +26
Where are the human rights organizations? Are they sleeping? UN should start a (I DON"T THINK SO ) because UN means US??? independent war crime against ISRAEL. May be against US too? ALL bullshit. AMERICA Ruin all world???? Remember you are with us or against us. If you are against them, They (US) find some thing to put you in trouble. As a Canadian, I was SO unliky to see a US PUPPET like Stephen HARPER
Rating: +8
I was pro conservative after I heard this idiot I am done with them I will vote other parties

Rating: +9
Murder supporting Harper. Supports Israel no matter how many innocent women and children are killed.
Rating: +6
Jose Henrique Clapauch
MR Harper:
Thank you very much for protecting the truth (for you it doesn't matter if it is popular or not).
I am very proud and thankful for having you as our Prime Minister.
Long life and blessings.
Jose and Susana Clapauch

Rating: -28
Gay dude speaks up for Harper???
Well... in Israel women have equal rights there are gay and transgender politicians in parliament, I could go on... In Gaza, not so much. Anyway, go ahead an rip up your Canadian passports if you think a democratically elected government in Gaza that would stone gay men to death is a good thing... I don't want you in my Canada.
Rating: -4
South African
If you had a house and seven out of the ten people living there was under rifle fire, not knowing when the next bullet will hit, possibly killing your son, daughter or brother. After years of negotiation with your neighbor they prefer not to stop, but rather come and kidnap your son,murder him and knowingly who did it won't deliver the guilty person for justice. You must be a madman if you did not intervene. (BTW 70% of Israelis are living within range of Hamas rockets) Well done on behalf of those in power speaking in favor of Israel.
Rating: -14
Israel Has a Moral Right to to Exist
Harper is not often right, but when he is, well, he doesn't mince words. Israel has a moral right to exist and a moral right to defend itself against terrorist attacks. For centuries the concept of "just war" has existed. Hamas has no capability to even accurately launch rockets, let alone defeat Israel. Therefore, it is not just for Hamas to attack Israel at all. It is one thing to enact precision attacks against identified targets. Lobbing rockets that lack any guidance systems, etc. into Israel is not a lawful act of war. Israel is showing the utmost restraint in this situation---more than it is required to show under the Law of War.

Shame on anyone who supports terrorist organizations like Hamas.
Shame on anyone who does not support the only modern democracy in the middle east.
Shame on anyone who does not support Israel's right to exist and to defend itself.
Rating: -34
Roz Belanger
Around here, SH doesn't stand for Stephen Harper, rather it is a description of him. What a sycophant of Israel, no pretense of being unbiased at all. Can't wait for him and his morons to exit.
Rating: +18
@Israel Has a Moral Right to to Exist
So you are saying that the weaker of the parties has no rights and it is not just for Palestinians to fight against the theft of their lands and homes by Israel.

The concept of "might makes right" has also existed for centuries, which I guess justifies in your mind the theft of a people's homes and land by a stronger party with "precision" weapons (which is nonsense since the death rate of Palestinian civilians is ten times higher than the death rate of Israeli civilians).

The terrorist here are Israelis, supported by puppets like Harper. As for supporting democracies in the Middle East, Western governments support wholeheartedly Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Yemen and other dictatorships, so your histrionics are nonsense.

Palestinians have a right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression. It is shameful that there are still many people in Canada and throughout the world who support the slow genocide of the Palestinian people in what was once Palestine, but is now being gobbled up by a voracious Israel.
Rating: +13
Arthur Vandelay
I always appreciate the usually conciliatory tone that Mr. Harper brings to matters, but especially when it comes to the Palestinian question. I find it to be very typically Canadian in that it carefully considers both sides of the question and tends to draw parties closer together based on common grounds.

Well done Captain Calgary. Oh and BTW, I hope you enjoyed the calf roping at your rodeo this weekend.
Rating: -23
Re: Arthur Vandelay's comment on Captain Calgary's conciliatory tone and careful consideration of both sides of the question, drawing parties closer together based on common ground

The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification

Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions

these terrorist acts are unacceptable and ... solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict

Canada is unequivocally behind Israel

Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups

I think you left your reading comprehension back in the chute, Art. I hope you won't be so conciliatory if some day another stronger, better-armed country decides they want the land/water/oil your home sits on.
Rating: +4


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