At his meeting with President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said that “terrorism is the struggle of our generation,” and added that unfortunately the State of Israel is too often on the front line of attack.
He assured Rivlin that Canada does not just stand behind Israel but shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel.
“States have not just a right but an obligation to defend their citizens,” he said in relation to the controversy surrounding the decision by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague to open an inquiry as to whether Israel should be investigated for war crimes.
“Israel has one hand firmly tied behind its back and we will not allow the international community to tie the other hand,” Baird declared.
In Rivlin’s view, an investigation by the ICC, which appears to be blind to the fact that some 2,000 rockets were launched against Israel would amount to “blasphemy” of international law.
“We are facing a war that has been launched against us,” he said.
Rivlin warned that once the world fails to oppose terror for what it is, it will have to face terror for a long time to come. “We are trying to tell the ICC that the decision of the prosecutor will affect the ability of the whole world to fight terror,” he told Baird.
Discussion also centered on the rebuilding of Gaza, with Baird commenting that it would go much more quickly in the absence of Gaza being governed by terrorist organizations.
The foreign minister said that Canada supports a two-state solution he said, but only if that is achieved through negotiation.