Canada and the Middle East

Bob Rae laments for the Harper government’s approach.

Canada is in the process of isolating itself — and only putting forward monologues that are fuelled by polls and short-sighted partisanship, and which abandon our basic values of dialogue, peace and unity.

This is not where most Canadians want us to be as a country. David Cameron and President Obama were on the phone with President Abbas, and are reaching out to Arab and Israeli leaders in the hopes of finding a solution. Canada should be picking up the phone as well, but it may be a while before we get an answer. It’s not always what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

The chief negotiator for the Palestinians says Canada has disqualified itself from the peace process. And while Britain and others react strongly to news of new Israeli settlements, the Globe reports a more muted response from the Harper government.




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  1. Yup, we’re being tossed out of the peace process…..Canada!!!

    Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Canada’s decision to send Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to vote and speak at the UN and the threats of reprisal measures have cast the Harper government as too extreme and partisan to play a role in
    the region. Voting against the resolution is one thing, he said, but Canada’s
    approach is another.

    “I believe this government is more Israeli than the Israelis, more settler than the settlers,” he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “I think they have disqualified themselves
    from playing any role in the Middle East peace process.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/palestinians-paint-canada-as-too-extreme/article5884121/

  2. I have a hard time believing the devoutly Jewish Bob Rae would be less supportive of Israel than the Harper government is.

    • Bob Rae is Anglican.

      • “Bob’s father, Saul, called the family together and announced to their surprise that they were not Raes at all, but Cohens—that they were Jewish, not Anglican, as they had pretended. The news hit Bob the hardest. From then on, he ate mainly at Jewish restaurants, went out exclusively with Jewish girls, and married one”

        http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/01/12/pretender-to-the-liberal-throne/

        Liberal organizer Jason Cherniak confirms that Bob Rae has for years regularly attended services his Temple (Holy Blossom).

        http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/globe-to/with-departure-of-rabbi-holy-blossom-faces-its-own-exodus/article2444089/page1/

        “the synagogue’s membership includes Senator Irving Gerstein, Liberal Party leader Bob Rae…”

        Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just don’t think Bob Rae would be very welcome at his Temple if he were to espouse views that were less supportive of Israel than the Harper government.

          • Really? How many have you asked?

          • You’re going to have to pay more attention to the news, and to polls if you want to keep up on here.

          • You are just not a knowledgeable person when it comes to the feelings of Jews toward Israel. If you are Jewish, you are most likely Reform/Progressive/Liberal and believe wrongly that morality can be spliced.

          • If Jews were that fond of Israel, they’d move there so don’t give me the ‘feeeelings’ guff.

            Polls show NA Jews aren’t supportive of Israel. Sorry.

            In fact, Israel is fast moving backwards into the Dark Ages.

  3. Harper’s policy and UN vote is identical to Obama’s. How is that bad?

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