The latest crisis to shake the planet, Hamas’s terrorist attack against Israel last weekend, has provided one more indication that Canada is increasingly being left out of its allies’ joint actions.
In a joint statement following the attack, leaders of a subgroup of five of the G7 countries, known as the Quint, expressed their “steadfast and united support to the State of Israel” and their “unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and its appalling acts of terrorism.” The signatories included the United States, the UK, France, Germany, and Italy.
The five leaders noted that their countries would “support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities.”
A statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Oct. 7 attack said that “Canada unequivocally condemns these terrible attacks in the strongest possible terms.” Although the Oct. 8 statement said Canada “reaffirms its support for Israel’s right to defend itself, in accordance with international law,” it made no mention of supporting Israel’s defence.

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