[July 19, 2006]
I regret my absence from Canada at this time of crisis in the Middle East.
I would like to convey my deepest sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones in Israel.
I wish to denounce Hezbollah and Hamas for their acts of war against Israel.
Let me be clear: I wholeheartedly support Israel and its right, indeed its duty, to defend its territory and its citizens from these acts of war.
In my view, the sole parties that are responsible for the present devastation are Hezbollah and Hamas.
They, and they only, hold the key to putting an end to this crisis simply by turning over the soldiers they have taken hostage.
The Honourable Marlene Jennings, MP
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Lachine