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Israel Proclaims ‘We Will Not Be Dragged Into’ an ‘American Event’ Following Soleimani Killing

The greatest ally of the U.S. will not be providing any assistance with Iran.

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Following the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week by a U.S. drone strike, the state of Israel is adamant that they will provide no assistance to America against potential retaliation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear that the U.S. is on their own when it comes to dealing with the fall out of Soleimani’s assassination.

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Soleimani and his Hezbollah militias have long been the foes of the Israeli government. Israeli citizens were reportedly happy with the killing of Soleimani.

“Soleimani had it coming,” said Israeli resident Rona Tal, who was enjoying an afternoon at a cafe in Tel Aviv. “Iran has been provoking Israel and the U.S. for years.”

“It’s easier to fight these people without Soleimani,” said 22-year-old Ibrahim Srur, who was interviewed while sitting behind a tourist information desk. “He was one of the most powerful men in Iran and Iran wants to destroy us.”

“When a key enemy unit loses its top strategist, policy maker, shadow diplomat and symbolic brand it surely is a huge setback,” said Assaf Orion, who once led strategic planning for the Israeli military’s planning directorate.

“President Trump has brought to an end the rule of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on the radical Sunni [Islam] side and now Soleimani from the Shiite terror set, and that’s quite an impressive achievement,” he added.

Netanyahu reportedly believes that Iran may retaliate against Israel, and he is being careful to distance himself and his nation from the U.S. attack accordingly. Nevertheless, Netanyahu maintains that Israel supports the right of the U.S. to defend their interests against Iran as they please.

“I want to clarify again — Israel is completely on the side of the U.S. in its struggle for security, peace and self-defense,” Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Military analysts are expecting Iran to retaliate against the U.S. in some fashion in the days to come after the nation is finished mourning Soleimani.

“In the first instance, attacks against US interests in Iraq and Syria and even Lebanon seem most likely,” said Tom Beckett, who works as the executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) – Middle East.

“There remains a grey space, where the Iranian regime believes it can conduct limited reprisals: the most obvious is targeting shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, where it hopes it would be ambiguous enough to avoid a hostile response,” said Jack Watling, who works as a research fellow at the Royal United Service Institute.

Regardless of how Iran decides to retaliate, it appears that the U.S. will be going in alone as the conflict escalates following the military strike killing Soleimani.

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Canadian Police Report Almost 2,200 Home Visits To Monitor Quarantine Compliance

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Canadian police officers reportedly have conducted almost 2,200 home visits to ensure travelers into the country are complying with quarantine rules.

In late March, the Canadian government announced the start of the Quarantine Act, which mandates that anyone entering the country, with the exception of essential workers like truck drivers and those in healthcare, must self-isolate for 14 days.

Failure to comply can incur a fine of up to $750,000 and/or six months in prison. However, so far there have been no arrests, and only one fine of $1,000.

Still, many may find unsettling the degree to which the Canadian police, in coordination with official border and health services, are enforcing a nanny state by paying home visits to incoming travelers deemed at risk of non-compliance. In addition, prime minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that even tougher measures could be coming, even once Canada begins easing cross-border travel.

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Also in late March, the Trudeau government announced a halt to all immigration in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, current immigration applications would not be closed or denied due to failure to meet typical requirements.

Still, many pointed out that Canada’s response was actually stronger than the US’, which has continued to import thousands of H-1B workers even while under lockdown due to a global pandemic.

The border between the US and Canada has been closed since the end of March, and this was recently extended, likely into mid-June. Trudeau has stated that the closure and its extension were implemented with full cooperation from the US.

While travel into Canada has not stopped completely, it has fallen drastically since the implementation of restrictive policies. However, critics of the government question whether Trudeau reacted quickly enough, and argue that the policy going forward is too vague and requires more explanation and accountability.

As stated by Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus:

“It was the Trudeau government’s failure to close our borders that allowed the virus to spread in the first place. It is incumbent on the Trudeau government to explain how they plan to ensure that travelers who are coming back to Canada are not spreading COVID-19… Unfortunately, right now the Trudeau government is telling Canadians to ‘wait and see’ without explaining what metrics they are relying on to make decisions.”

While Canada is doing significantly better than the US in terms of the number of cases, one tragically sobering area in which it has exhibited clear failure is the fate of its elderly, particularly those in state and private long-term care institutions.

It is estimated that up to 86% of the Canadian death toll is from facilities such as long-term care, retirement, and corrections, with the first two making up the large majority. In one privately-run nursing home, as much as one third of residents have died from coronavirus.

While the situation is complex and there are few countries that do not seem to have significant problems with their approach, it is clear that something is wrong with Canada’s. Perhaps the government should focus more on taking care of its elderly than intrusively monitoring its citizens.

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