Prime Minister Ehud Olmert telephoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday to express his appreciation for Canada's statements of support for Israel in the campaign against Hizballah and Hamas. Prime Minister Olmert also thanked the Canadian prime minister for his role in bringing about the recent G-8 declaration.
Prime Minister Olmert also expressed his regret and his condolences over the deaths of eight Canadian citizens, of Lebanese ethnicity, in southern Lebanon. The Prime Minister said that Israel was fighting Hizballah and attacking its targets, and was being as careful as possible not to hurt innocent civilians. The Prime Minister said that Israel would give as much assistance as it could in order that Canadian citizens would be able to leave Lebanon.
The Canadian Prime Minister expressed his support both for those steps that Israel is taking against Hizballah and for Prime Minister Olmert at this difficult time.