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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.

JNS.org 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.

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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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