Canada’s pathetic obeisance to Israel

Canadian governmental grovelling to Israel is reaching the point of insanity, let alone criminality, in my humble opinion.  Canada is a nation whose professional armed forces, while of the highest calibre, are minimal.  And, of course, we have no nuclear weapons.  And yet, how proud we are to offer support to a country whose armed forces outnumber ours many times over, and which possesses more nuclear weapons than the British!

The Israelis could put us back into the Stone Age several times over without breaking into a sweat.  How they must laugh at our pathetic posturing and worshipful obeisance.

My liking for Peter MacKay, and my sympathy for him over Belinda Stronach, evaporated on that day when he grandly announced words to the effect that “if you don’t support the mission, then you don’t support the troops”.  I do not “support” any of the missions Canada has engaged in as a peacekeeper.  If other people want to scrap it up then good luck to them, and if they become a threat to us in any way while doing that, let’s go kick their heads in.  I believe in either leaving people alone, or going out and killing them.  I have no speeds in-between, and I need an excellently good reason to even think about going to war.

This garbage about Canada responding to any attack on Israel is quite simply that – garbage.  We can, however, be of great assistance to Israel by providing diplomatic support, and by fooling our population into thinking in terms of “gallant little Israel”, surrounded by ferocious terrorists, and in ever-escalating need of our treasure and moral support.  I shudder to think how much money is allowed to leave Canada, often as charitable donations, to fund housing and weapons for “settlers”  in the illegally-occupied territories.  And of how much of our precious store of international goodwill is being squandered on behalf of a racist, apartheid state which routinely commits the gravest breaches of human rights and international law.

I want Canada to sever diplomatic relations with Israel, and to put a stop to money being sent over there.  I don’t want to be an involuntary enabler to the atrocities which Israel commits, and I don’t want our politicians enabling Israel’s crimes either.

Jeff Goodall.

‘A threat to Israel is a threat to Canada’: Peter MacKay to Jewish commander

National Post
Murray Brewster, Canadian Press
June 19th, 2012

Israel has received private assurances Canada stands ready to help defend the Jewish state, but just how far the Harper government intends to take that commitment remains unclear.

Newly released documents say Defence Minister Peter MacKay told Israel’s top military commander, Maj.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, during a 2011 visit to the Middle East, that “a threat to Israel is a threat to Canada.”

The statement came a year after cabinet colleague Peter Kent was upbraided as junior foreign affairs minister for telling a Toronto-based publication that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada.”

The declaration, appearing in an internal summary of Mr. MacKay’s trip to Israel, could have important implications given the increasing military co-operation between the two countries. Under the Harper government, Canada’s support of Israel has been unwavering, even in the face of mounting international tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

When he met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Ottawa in March, Prime Minister Stephen Harper emphasized Canada wants to see a peaceful resolution in the troubled region, but it’s unclear how far Canada has committed itself in the volatile region.

A spokesman for Mr. MacKay said the defence minister’s comment was intended as an expression of support.

“Minister MacKay was making a statement of political solidarity with the Israelis and reminding our friends there that they are not facing global security threats alone,”  Jay Paxton said in an email.

The Israeli embassy declined comment, but pointed to remarks Mr. Netanyahu made to Canadian-Jewish publications following a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama on March 5.

“I appreciated the fact he made clear that when it comes to a nuclear-armed Iran, containment is simply not an option, and equally in my judgment, and perhaps most important of all, I appreciated the fact that he said Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself against any threat,” the Israeli prime minister said.

Canada’s military and industrial relationship with Israel has grown enormously. The two countries are negotiating or have signed a series of defence-based agreements over the past few years, details of which have been withheld.

The two countries do not have a binding defence arrangement, similar to Canada’s obligations under NATO, but critics have begun to question the details and extent of the emerging relationship.

“These kinds of comments have consequences,” NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said.

“We’re talking of a very sensitive part of the world. Every word you use has to be chosen carefully and so the question is: Is this the position of the Canadian government — or the Conservatives — when it comes to a conflict in the Middle East?”

Mr. MacKay’s assurances, unearthed by a Queen’s University researcher using the federal access-to-information law, came during a Jan. 9-12, 2011, bilateral visit, where Mr. MacKay also met with Mr. Netanyahu, Defence Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

To underscore how intertwined trade and defence have become, the Israeli prime minister emphasized “the Iranian threat,” but also expressed interest in buying waterbombers from Montreal-based Bombardier and asked Mr. MacKay to convey a letter to Mr. Harper.

Speaking to Mr. Barak, Mr. MacKay “stated Canada was a solid partner and that both countries were looking through the same filter” on the region, said the Feb. 14, 2011, summary.

Mr. Dewar said it’s no secret the Conservatives have a one-sided approach to the Middle East, but he believes it will ultimately damage relations with Washington.

“It’s fine to say we are friends of Israel and we support Israel. Sign me up, absolutely,” he said. “But Canada’s role in the world is to be able to talk to people the Americans can’t talk to and to go to places where the U.S. can’t.”

Mr. MacKay and Mr. Barak signed a memorandum of understanding following their meeting, a document that acts as a framework to guide defence co-operation.

Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information shed light on the scope of that co-operation, which extends to the exchange of classified information, defence science and technology research and defence procurement.

The Canadian Press

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