Canadian forces may be obliged to come to Israel’s defense in case of attack

·Politics Reporter

In the midst of growing Anti-Israeli sentiment stemming from the Arab world, it seems Canada is about to get even cozier with Israel.

According to an article in the National Post, the two allies are about to sign-off on a number of defence co-operation agreements that will "significantly tighten military bonds"

The agreements will cover a range of areas, including intelligence sharing, joint research and development, and military exchange programs. One of the agreements, the column notes, could oblige Canada to come to Israel's defence should the latter be attacked.

With war — maybe even nuclear war — between Iran and Israel becoming a real possibility such a pact could have serious repercussions for our Canadian forces.

"Israel needs strong, reliable partners, which Canada is certainly one," defence minister Peter MacKay told reporters Wednesday in a joint news conference with his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak.

"I would argue they could not find a more supportive country on the planet."

Indeed, un­der the Harper government, Canada has given its unwavering support to Israel.

Most recently, they illustrated its pro-Israel slant in its opposition to a UNESCO resolution to include Palestine as a full member state.

Barak said his country appreciates all of Canada's support.

"Israel and Canada are very good friends," he said.

"We highly appreciate the support we get from the Canadian government and people on many issues. And we are proud of the deepening and strengthening of the defence relationship that we have developed."

(Reuters photo of Mackay and Barak)

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