My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Surprise, Surprise...

The new unity government will not recognize Israel.
The Palestinian unity government which will be formed under an agreement reached in Saudi Arabia will not recognize Israel, a political advisor to Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Saturday.

"The issue of recognition was not addressed at all (in Mecca)," Ahmed Youssef said. "In the platform of the new government there will be no sign of recognition (of Israel), regardless of the pressures the United States and the Quartet would exert," he said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are we not surprised!!

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh. the 'unity' government will be unified right up until the billion bucks from Saudi Arabia runs out. Who wouldn't shake hands for that kind of money? farce.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Brian in Calgary said...

Forrmally and explicitly recognizing Israel's right to exist is necessary for the Palestinians and Israelis to live side by side in peace. But, it is even more important for the unity government to renounce violence. I'm not very hopeful about either of those remaining two conditions being met.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Toronto Twink, Vancouver Centre said...

I resolve that we urge the Harper government to step back from his hard-line stance in favour of just the State of Israel, and recommit himself to supporting the State of Israel, without being forced to solely recognize Israel only. That way, he can recommend that the Palestinian Authority's Unity Government should resolve to at least consider the possibility of recognizing the right of existence for the State of Israel. That way, if the Unity government will at least be urged to consider to recognize the State of Israel, it's foreign aid would or would not probably be restored.

Canada has to walk a very fine line with this area. To be blunt, the Jewish population and number of voters isn't going up very high. They've traditionally supported the Liberal Party of Canada, and they should be commended for that. Without alienating them, the Liberals have no choice but to embrace the growing Muslim population in Canada....Hence my urging that the Canadian government of Stephane Dion (when he comes to power) to restore Canada's neutrality in this very hostile part of the world.

Israelis and Palestinians should be urged to at least consider the probable possibility of what will happen if they don't co-exist together!

12:08 AM  
Blogger Brian in Calgary said...

To tt,vc:

Please note the following quote from Stephen Harper's speech to the CIJA last week:

Now friends, just as our government supports Israel’s right to defend her borders and her population, so too do we support a fair and just future for the Palestinian people.

And I know this is something you support as well, because each of us in this room tonight has a strong reverence for human dignity, and that’s why Canada’s New Government supports the creation of a viable, democratic Palestinian state that will live peacefully beside a secure, prosperous Israel.

Does this sound like a hard-line stance that recognizes Israel only? You have also not addressed the question of the Unity Government fully renouncing the use and condoning of violence and terrorism that exclusively targets Israeli civilians? The last sentence in your comment doesn't come anywhere near it.

And, by the way, what does this part of your comment - To be blunt, the Jewish population and number of voters isn't going up very high. - have anything to do with whether the Harper government's approach is balanced or not? There could be no Jewish people (and therefore voters) in Canada, and it would still be wrong for us to stand by and allow Israel's enemies to try to drive her into the sea. Right is right, and evil is evil, whether there are any votes to be won or lost. In my opinion, Stephane Dion would be morally unfit to be Prime Minister if this is not also his position.

10:04 AM  

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