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Canada abstained from vote for Palestine to be a member of the UN

Photo: Adrian Wyld Archives The Canadian Press “This is an important step for Canada. [… ] Even if in the past it was said that the recognition of a Palestinian state can only come at the end of a process [towards the] two-state solution, we recognize that perhaps it will have to be done at another stage,” said Justin Trudeau.

Unlike 143 countries around the world, Canada did not support a proposal Friday to include Palestine in the United Nations (UN), even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said is said this week in favor of a Palestinian state.

The Canadian delegation chose abstention before the General Assembly, when taking a position on a resolution not binding proposal to affirm that Palestine deserves to become a full member of the international organization. The text was still adopted by a large majority, with 9 refusals and 24 abstentions other than Canada.

Earlier this week, however, the Prime Minister of Canada defended Zionist ideology in front of members of the Jewish community in Ottawa, but added that he believes in “the creation of a Palestinian state cohabiting in peace with Israel”, which is called the “two-state solution”.

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In a statement of more than 800 words released Friday, Global Affairs Canada extensively supported its abstention, justifying it as a response “to efforts to prevent the establishment of a two-state solution.”

His position presents itself at the same time as opposition to the Netanyahu government in Israel, “which has clearly indicated […] that it rejects the two-state solution”, as rejection of Hamas, “[which] still controls areas of Gaza – an essential part of the territory of the future Palestinian state.”

“[Hamas] continues to hold hostages and has still not laid down his arms or renounced his violent opposition to the existence of Israel. The entire Palestinian population deserves to be led by a legitimate and representative government, which cannot include the participation of a terrorist organization,” reads the statement from Canadian diplomacy.

Ready for recognition

At home, the Advisory Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations (CIJA) celebrated Canada's abstention before the UN, seeing it as continuity in the Canadian position, that is to say, to recognize the Palestinian State only through a process of negotiation with Israel.

“The adoption of this motion puts endangers the ultimate goal of a peaceful two-state solution, and sets a dangerous precedent,” the organization wrote on its social media accounts.

In fact, the Government of Canada qualifies this interpretation by saying it is ready to recognize Palestine before the final stage of a negotiated agreement. “Canada is prepared to recognize the State of Palestine at the most appropriate time for the establishment of lasting peace, not necessarily at the final stage of the process,” it reads.

In the entourage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, it is specified that this means that Canada is willing to deviate from its traditional position, alongside that of Israel, but to provided that the Hamas group is no longer in the portrait.

“This is a fundamental change in Canada’s approach,” confirmed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , passing through British Columbia on Friday.

“We are in the process of abstaining at the United Nations, this is an important step for Canada. [… ] Even if in the past it was said that the recognition of a Palestinian state can only come at the end of a process [towards the] two-state solution, we recognize that perhaps it will have to be done at another stage,” explained the head of the Canadian government.

Hamas is recognized as a terrorist entity in Canada. After some initial procrastination, last December Canada supported the demand for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, while demanding the immediate release of hostages held by Hamas.

Despite Friday's vote in the General Assembly, Palestine cannot be recognized as a country before the UN without the agreement of the Security Council, which is blocked by the United States.< /p>

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116