Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was praised for a statement he published on Sunday in support of Israel’s ongoing campaign to end rocket fire from Gaza.
“The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.
“Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.
“Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.
“Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”
In response, Arsen Ostrovsky, an international human rights lawyer wrote on Facebook, “Dear world leaders, please take note this is how a statement in support of Israel should read.”
“It’s so refreshing to see a world leader with unambiguous moral clarity,” said prominent California rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort.
While U.S. President Obama voiced support for Israel’s right to self defense, he called for both sides of the conflict to show restraint.