Canada / 27-05-2012
John Baird, Canada foreign minister, defends support of Israel
Canada's foreign affairs minister was the keynote speaker Thursday at an event in the U.S. capital honouring religious freedom, forcefully defending his government's strong support of Israel while promoting its plans for an Office of Religious Freedom.
"We contend that modern antisemitism lives in the disproportionate criticism Israel receives, and the refusal to accept its right to exist," John Baird told the annual Religious Liberty Dinner.
"The world cannot take the words of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran as mere rhetoric and risk appeasing these malicious actors in the same way the world appeased the Nazis .... Under our prime minister, and under this foreign minister, Canada will stand with the Jewish state and people as they struggle to protect their very right to exist."