I am writing in response to your June 11 editorial which refers to a video of me recorded last Saturday, and posted online (Hater’s, Ottawa Citizen, June 11, 2010).
My reference to the year 1948 as the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory was a serious and completely inadvertent error; I apologize for this and regret any confusion it has caused.
I have always supported a two-state solution to the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have never questioned Israel’s right to exist and the Palestinian’s right to a viable state.
New Democrats have long called for a peaceful, negotiated end to the conflict where Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side with secure borders. This is a policy I fully support.
I reject the allegation that I hate Israel, and I reject the assertion that I said that Israel is illegitimate or an abomination. Neither are true.