Following leaders’ call for immediate resumption of Mideast talks, Canada insists language be softened, “1967 borders” removed from statement.
A group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a specific mention of 1967 borders, diplomats said on Friday.
Canada’s right-leaning Conservative government has adopted a staunchly pro-Israel position in international negotiations since coming to power in 2006, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying Canada will back Israel whatever the cost.
Diplomats involved in Middle East discussions at the G8 summit said Ottawa had insisted that no mention of Israel’s pre-1967 borders be made in the leaders’ final communique, even though most of the other leaders wanted a mention.
“The Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week,” one European diplomat said.
SOURCE: Christians United For Israel, http://www.cufi.org
COMMENT FROM PASTOR LUIS: “Virtually one of the last countries left to stand up for Israel is Canada. Pray for Canada, the USA, and other countries to insist that Middle East Talks’ language be softened, and “1967 borders” removed from statement.”