Harper Defends Israel's Right To "Defend" Itself

Posted on Friday, July 14 at 08:53 by 4Canada
Israel struck Beirut airport and military airbases and blockaded Lebanese ports yesterday, intensifying reprisals that have killed 55 civilians in Lebanon since Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers a day earlier. "Israel has the right to defend itself," said Mr. Harper during a scrum with reporters on board the Canadian Forces plane that is taking him on his first trip as Prime Minister to Britain and Europe. He said his government was concerned about the "escalation of violence in the Middle East" and said it was "essential that Hezbollah and Hamas release" the prisoners. He would not comment on specific incidents or strikes by the Israelis. But his comments clearly show that his government is unequivocal in its support of Israel. "I think Israel's response under the circumstances has been measured, and I think it is tremendously disappointing that these attacks were done in areas that Israel voluntarily evacuated." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060714.wxharper14/BNStory/International/ [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on July 14, 2006]

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