As anxiety over Iran grows, Canada forges stronger defence ties with Israel
Canada and Israel are about to complete a number of defence co-operation agreements that will significantly tighten military bonds between the two countries as tensions grow over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
And Defence Minister Peter MacKay refused Wednesday to rule out a mutual-defence agreement that would oblige Canada to come to Israel's defence should the latter be attacked.
Appearing together at a media conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, MacKay and his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak said they anticipate negotiations will be completed by the end of the year.
"Israel needs strong, reliable partners, which Canada is certainly one," MacKay said. "I would argue they could not find a more supportive country on the planet."
The ministers said the agreements will cover a range of areas, including intelligence sharing, joint research and development, and military exchange programs.
"The steps that we're taking today are in fact bringing our countries closer together," MacKay said, "and they are also allowing us to further build on a strong foundation of co-operation that will build tangible results, not just to our two militaries, but to Canada and Israel more broadly."
AS A 3RD GENERATION AMERICAN AND A JEW, I THINK IT IS A SAD DAY WHEN CANADA LEADS THE WAY IN DEFENDING ISRAEL, AND THE USA TURNS ITS BACK ON ISRAEL.
LET'S FACE IT: OBAMA IS THE FIRST ANTI-ZIONIST EVER ELECTED PRESIDENT.
LET'S MAKE HIM THE FIRST TOSSED FROM OFFICE IN 2012.