July 28, 2014 2:39 pm

B.C. premier says province can be counted as ‘a friend of Israel’

Christy Clark

VANCOUVER – B.C. premier Christy Clark has posted a letter online saying she is proud that “British Columbia can be counted as a friend of Israel.”

In a letter posted on the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs website, Clark says “support for Israel abroad makes a difference.”

The letter was posted on Sunday, July 27.

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On Monday, Israel’s prime minister said Israelis should ready themselves for “a prolonged campaign” against Hamas in Gaza.

Benjamin Netanyahu also added that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory.

The full letter that was posted:

The current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of great concern to anyone who believes in democracy and human rights.

While the world watches in agony, we recognize the need for a ceasefire that leads to long-term security and peace in the region. Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens against terrorist attacks.

At this difficult time, let us remember the values we share with Israel: a vibrant, culturally rich democratic nation committed to maintaining the rights of its citizens, regardless of gender or religion. Israel is an example not only to the region, but the world.

Support for Israel abroad makes a difference.

As the world continues to hope for a peace that satisfies both Israelis and Palestinians, I’m proud that British Columbia can be counted as a friend of Israel.

Sincerely,

Christy Clark
Premier

- With files from the Associated Press.

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