Israel: Canada will move not its embassy, but refused to criticize Trump

News 6 December, 2017
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    Marie-Claude Bibeau

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    Wednesday, 6 December 2017 13:56

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    OTTAWA – The Trudeau government assured on Wednesday that she would move, not, as will the United States, its israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, without, however, criticizing the controversial decision of president Donald Trump.

    “Our position is clear. No one has any intention of moving out of our own”, confirmed the minister of international Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, to his arrival in the liberal caucus.

    It is a “unilateral decision of the United States,” said Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign Affairs, refused to specify whether the gesture worried the canadian government.

    The ministry is merely to reiterate its traditional stance in the israeli-palestinian conflict.

    “The question of the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only in the framework of an overall settlement of the israeli-palestinian conflict […] We remain firmly committed to the goal of a just peace, comprehensive and sustainable in the Middle East, which includes the creation of a palestinian State living side-by-side with the State of Israel in peace and security,” said the press attaché to the minister asked by chrystia Freeland, Adam Austen.

    The move announced by the administration to Trump fears of many observers of a resurgence of violence in the region. Since the Israelis and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital, the international embassies are located in Tel Aviv, the second largest city of Israel.

    “The decision is unacceptable. At a time when it is necessary to unify the people, it sows division and is counter-productive,” said in a press briefing the leader of the New democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh. It has prompted the Trudeau government to show greater leadership and to say publicly that the situation was unacceptable.

    The jewish organization B’nai Brith has called on the prime minister of canada to “recognize the reality” and to imitate the administration Trump.