Israel: Canada An Example To Global Democracy In Cutting Diplomatic Ties With Iran

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel --- September 9, 2012 ... Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Government Press Office to the Israel News Agency.

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today in Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks.

"First of all, a Happy Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) to you all. There is an apple and honey here. Let us offer to our friends from around the world to take part in this beautiful custom. And addition to this sweetness, I would like to congratulate Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper for taking a daring and moral step and showing leadership on Friday, and thereby sending a principled and important message to the entire world, that the dark regime cannot have nuclear weapons. I call on the entire international community, or at least on its responsible members, to follow in Canada's determined path and set Iran moral and practical red lines, lines that will stop its race to achieve nuclear weapons."

Israel Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman also praised the decision of the Government of Canada to sever diplomatic relations with Iran, stating that with this act Canada has also demonstrated the firm resolve necessary when dealing with the dangerous regime in Teheran.

The Foreign Minister added: “I hope that the whole international community will demonstrate similar determination and courage.”

Iranian officials boasted about a successful summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran last week which involved most countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

But international observers say that it was not an overwhelming success for Iran but demonstrated they are not as isolated as the West would hope.

Canada shut its embassy in Tehran on Friday accusing the Islamic Republic of being the most significant threat to world peace.

Janice Stein of the Munk School of Global Affairs says Canada's decision to break diplomatic relations with Iran was not in response to specific intelligence about an imminent military strike against Iran. The West is trying to isolate Iran over the dispute about Iran's nuclear program. In that context, Canada may be trying to send "a symbolic message to Iran after the NAM meeting that they should not conclude that their isolation is over or that they can escape western pressure."

Transcending nuclear weapons for which Iran has threatened to destroy Israel and US bases with, is Human rights.

Canada, citing its Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, says that it is taking these measures to make it easier for its Middle Eastern immigrants to take legal action against Iran and Syria for violations of human rights.

Canada has given Iran diplomats a five-day deadline to leave the country.




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