Asked about what Canada is doing to help Israel secure information about the condition of kidnapped Israel Defence Forces soldier Gilad Schalit – a captive of Hamas in Gaza for more than four years – Harper said he wished there was more to be done.
“We have called repeatedly for his release, [but] the regime that holds him is not one that is terribly given to respond to international pressure or respect international law in any way, shape or form,” Harper said.
“We have great sympathy for him, his family and all those who know him. He stands as a symbol and remembrance that terrorism is a very real fact in Israel’s day-to-day existence. He is a symbol of that reality and of the complete lawlessness of those in that region who threaten Israel’s existence.”