Peter Kent, Conservative Critic for Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement on December 29, 2016:
“Conservatives will always recognize Israel’s right to exist, its right to defend itself, by itself, and the historic fact and right of a Jewish presence in Jerusalem. We strongly reject the wording of this United Nations resolution which appears to suggest that the Western Wall and East Jerusalem should become part of a Palestinian state. We are also disappointed in the actions of the outgoing Obama administration, which abandoned historic United States precedent by refusing to veto this one-sided and prejudiced resolution.
“Now, more than ever, Israel needs its friends and allies. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Israel had no greater friend than Canada. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. And the reasons for this are purely political.
“Every action the Liberals have taken to date in terms of their foreign policy has been towards one goal and one goal only: securing a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Standing up for Canada’s national interests, and the interests of our allies, has come second to the Liberal Party goal of appeasing the UN. The silence from the Liberal government on this anti-Israeli resolution is shameful, but it is not surprising.
“Conservatives will never sacrifice principle for a go along to get along approach. The fact is Israel is a democratic, pluralistic, peaceful and scientifically advanced country. People from all faiths and walks of life contribute to Israeli governance and civil society. With this resolution, the United Nations Security Council has needlessly damaged the peace process.
“The deafening silence on this resolution from Canada’s Liberal government, and especially from Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion, has once again shown that Liberals put their political goals ahead of standing up for Canada’s allies and our national interest.”
Kellie Leitch, Candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party, reaffirmedii the Conservative Party’s support for Israel, promised to protect and strengthen the ties between Canada and Israel and vowed to move the Canadian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected as Prime Minister.
Lisa Raitt, another candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party, vowediii that, if elected, she would ensure that Canada’s voice is heard “loud and clear all over the world as Israel’s best friend and ally- no matter what”.
Raitt also slammed Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party for being silent while the outgoing Obama Administration is lashing out at Israel after it abstained from vetoing a one-sided anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council last Friday. “At a time when Justin Trudeau has made it a priority to seek a seat on the UN security council. Silence on Israel”, Raitt said in her statement. “At a time when the US administration is lecturing Israel on achieving peace, while allowing a resolution counter to achieving peace, pass. Silence on Israel. At a time where Israel has thwarted 400 hundred terror attacks in 2016 that is more than one a day. Silence on Israel. We should never accept silence on Israel. We should never be silent when Israel is singled out at the UN.”
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]