Canada recently voted for a U.N. resolution that calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state. Nimrod Barkan, Israel’s ambassador to Canada, along with others, expressed their concern that the leadership in Ottawa was helping to delegitimize Israel as a country.
Ambassador Barkan stated in an interview last week, his country plans to file a formal protest against Canada’s decision to vote Yes for the resolution allowing Palestinians the right to self-determination at the U.N. General Assembly’s Third Committee.
Historically in the past decade, both Conservative and Liberal governments have annually voted against the resolution. The resolution includes the end to Israeli occupation, and calls for the preservation of all related territorial unity, and more for the occupied Palestinian Territory–includes East Jerusalem.
Barkan stated his regret regarding the Canadian’s political choice explaining that their regret will be expressed to the Canadian representative in Israel, hopefully in the next week. Barkan believes the resolution is not a substantive one, but rather is an attempt to delegitimize the Jewish State, and that the whole package should just be rejected as “out of hand.”