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January 21, 2015 7:03 pm

Foreign Minister John Baird Defies Critics of Canada’s Pro-Israel Stance

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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird affirmed his nation’s pro-Israel stance in a meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon in Tel Aviv, following Sunday’s incident in which Baird’s visiting convoy was pelted with eggs and shoes by Palestinians while on a visit to Ramallah. The Palestinian protesters also held signs reading “Baird, Jerusalem is our capital” and other slogans.

“People may disagree with our position with respect to Israel, but so be it,” Baird said on Tuesday in Tel Aviv.

“It’s always wise to speak with moral clarity,” he said.

The Palestinians, said Baird, “know our position.”

“We don’t say one thing to their face and another thing when we go back home,” said the foreign minister. “We strongly support a Palestinian state. We just believe it’s a byproduct of peace negotiations with Israel. The way to accomplish a Palestinian state is dialogue with Israel and not taking unilateral action. … With the anti-Semitism rising in so many parts of the world it’s probably more important today than it was even a few short years ago that there be a Jewish state where people can seek refuge.”

Baird had said Monday that the Palestinians “made a huge mistake” by seeking war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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  • mike

    John Baird is a pice of sh!t he has no idea what he is doing at all isreal has gotn away with so much crime its not funny at all i would like to ask John Baird to read all the reports that the u.n has on jews trust me here in canada we dont want any jews here go to isreal and stay out of canada

  • Going to the ICC would give Israel the right to raise publicly issues about Hamas who together with Fatah make up the PA government. The ICC could evaluate the Hamas Charter.

  • Helena

    Finally somebody is speaking with a clear voice on a clear line.

  • Joel

    Mr. Baird and the Harper government are to be applauded for their moral clarity. As an American, I’m disgusted and ashamed by the immoral lack of clarity by the Obama regime and the Democrat controlled Senate. I hope Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell will follow through with having PM Nethanyahu address the Congress instead of interfering in Israeli internal affairs trying to unseat his leadership. Thanks again to Canada for leading the way in standing for Israel.