Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
MacKay defends Israel as security summit ends

Canada’s Defence Minister had strong words about two conflicts in the Middle East at the Halifax International Security Forum on Sunday.

Peter MacKay said Israel has a right to defend itself against Hamas, and that Russia should step into the deteriorating situation in Syria.

The escalating missile exchange between Israel and Hamas was the main topic at the weekend conference.

Delegates had animated discussions about who is to blame and what should be done to stop the attacks from both sides. MacKay put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Hamas.

“A country has the right to defend itself. A country has the right to exist, and part of that existence means protecting your population, which is what Israel is trying to do,” he said.

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