Gaza mortar shells target Israeli forces searching for Hamas tunnels; Israel responds with airstrike, tank fire and declares border area a closed military zone; Hamas evacuates two schools as a precautionary measure.21:44 04.05.16 | 4 comments
As a Canadian, I want to express how appalled I (and many of my fellow Canadians) are by the conduct and policies of the Harper government on this issue. For many years, Canada could claim to be relatively even-handed and fairminded in our dealings with the Arab-Israeli conflict. No more. Canada has taken one side and is much poorer for it. We have lost our international standing and prestige and we have been rendered irrelevant in the Middle East. For good reason, the Palestinians no longer trust us and we are despised by the UN. What little influence we have has been lost. After the Harper government is gone, it will take many years for Canada to regain its international reputation, if this is possible at all. Such a waste and a deep embarrassment to the whole country.