Politicians Scold Davies for Remarks on Israel's Existence



By: REBECCA BITTON  
Published: June 17th 2010
in News » Local

Libby Davies
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However, prior to her broadcast interview on YouTube, she presented a speech at the rally in which she was interviewed with sentiments similar to the statements she has called an “inadvertent error.” Her speech includes her saying “the so-called friendship with Israel that is against International Law the laws has been broken.” The speech also includes other statements similar to those in the interview.

 

Layton defended Davies on Tuesday. “Libby Davies has apologized and did so immediately around the serious mistake about a date. She has never and our party has never, nor would we ever deny that Israel not only has a right to exist but a right to exist in secure borders in a safe context,” he said. Layton quickly added that the New Democrats also do not support BDS.

 

Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic, Bob Rae on the other hand has expressed his doubt of Davies’ statements being simply an “inadvertent error” and the overall sincerity of Davies’ apology in a written statement.  He states: “These are not the off-the-cuff ramblings of any ill-informed or biased person. Ms. Davies is the Deputy Leader of a political party that aspires to reflect and represent the views of Canada on the international stage. In this role, fully cognizant of her responsibilities, she stated that Israel has been occupying territories since 1948, the year of its independence. The logical implication of these comments is that Israel has no right to exist.” Rae goes so far in this statement to suggest that “The appropriate decision, given her stature and responsibilities with the NDP, is for Mr. Layton to ask for her resignation as Deputy Leader and for Ms. Davies to issue an apology to all Canadians. Nothing short of that will do.”

 

 This suggestion follows the same sentiment as Prime Minister Harper. Aside from Layton stating that the party does not abide by Davies’ statements and that Davies has already apologized, no further action has been taken.

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