The first major foreign policy challenge of the Baird era - Macleans.ca

The first major foreign policy challenge of the Baird era

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The Harper government apparently won’t second Barack Obama’s parameters for Middle East negotiations.

The Harper government is refusing to join the United States in calling for a return to 1967 borders as a starting point for Mideast peace, a position that has drawn sharp criticism from Canada’s staunch ally Israel … Pressed by reporters, federal officials said both the Israelis and the Palestinians have to decide on their bottom lines, which the Israelis have said will not include a return to the 1967 border. “If the two parties are of the view that this is a starting point, that is fine for them,” said the federal official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg appears to have this particular dispute extensively covered.