Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on on the terrorist attacks on the Israeli-Egyptian border

TORONTO — Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today following the deadly attacks on the Israeli-Egyptian border:

“Today’s violent incidents on the Israeli-Egyptian border are of great concern to the Liberal Party.

Terrorism is a continuing challenge for Israel and its neighbours. We urge the Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip to take control of those who are provoking violence against civilians.

The conditions for longer-term peace in the region have been clear for some time – it is essential for Hamas to recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel and renounce violence and terrorism. Hamas’ refusal to adhere to these necessary preconditions continues to be a source of deep instability in the region.

The Liberal Party supports continuing efforts to deal with terrorism and its supporters, and urges a calming of tensions in the region.

On behalf of our entire parliamentary caucus, I wish to express solidarity with the victims of violence.”