OTTAWA, ON - The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C. Member of Parliament for Thornhill and Deputy Critic Foreign Affairs today released the following statement in response to new Minister of Foreign Affairs’ statement that Canada will return to an “honest broker” role in the Middle East.
“For many Canadians - and Israelis - that sounds, ominously, like a return to the days of the discredited Liberal philosophy of “moral equivalence”.”
“It remains for the new Liberal government to explain how a misguided, “more balanced” approach might apply to the continuing refusal of the Palestinian Authority, the Hamas regime in Gaza and Hezbollah in South Lebanon to accept Israel’s right to exist.”
“For months now we have seen a growing wave of deadly, violent attacks against Israelis by Palestinians – driven by the incitement of their leaders.”
“Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Hamas chief Haniyeh have referred to the violence, uncritically, as the Third Intifada - a virtual call for another civilian uprising against Israel.”
“Now comes word that the chief Palestinian "peace" negotiator paid a sympathetic visit to the family of a terrorist, killed during an attempt to murder Jews.”
“According to Israeli security sources, not only did Saeb Erekat not condemn the attack, he expressed his condolences to the terrorist's family, effectively offering encouragement and support for further terrorist actions.”
“Minister Dion must explain just how his “honest broker” concept will be applied against the continuing incitement?”