The Trudeau government reports, albeit timidly, its disapproval of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the US embassy there.
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau did it in a trenchant way that Ottawa had no intention of following suit in Washington. “Our position is clear that we have no intention of moving ours,” she said on Wednesday.
His colleague Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland for Canada-US relations, echoed the “unilateral decision of the US President”.
“We are focusing our efforts on creating a level playing field so that both countries can exist together,” he said when he arrived at the weekly caucus meeting on Wednesday morning.
Minister Freeland is currently in Belgium, but her press officer, Adam Austen, said in a written statement that “the question of the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only in the framework of a general settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “.
This position is that of “successive, liberal and conservative governments,” he said.
New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh harshly criticized the Trump administration’s decision. “It sows division. It is counterproductive, “he said in a press briefing in the foyer of the House.
B’nai Brith Canada, for its part, calls on the Trudeau government to emulate the Trump administration, pleading in a statement that Ottawa must “recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and make plans to relocate its embassy in Tel Aviv.” “.
“To recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will make progress, the peace process (…). True peace is only possible when all sides recognize the indelible bond between the Jewish people and their holiest city, “said Michael Mostyn of B’nai Brith Canada.
The announcement by the White House tenant that “a new approach” is needed is a break from the decades-old position in the United States. But above all, it may provoke violent demonstrations.
The United States had never recognized Israel’s sovereignty over a portion or all of Jerusalem, and had always said that the fate of the city should be settled in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.