Lib­er­als, Tories spar over Middle East as House of Com­mons re­turns

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OTTAWA — The Con­ser­va­tive party’s for­eign affairs crit­ics are ac­cus­ing the Lib­eral govern­ment of be­ing soft in its sup­port of Is­rael in the Middle East. The crit­i­cism fol­lows a state­ment from For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter Stephane Dion ex­press­ing con­cern over re­cent vi­o­lence in Is­rael and the West Bank. In it, Dion af­firms Canada’s longheld po­si­tion that it would like to see a two-state so­lu­tion to the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict, call­ing Canada a stead­fast ally and friend of Is­rael. But he says Is­rael’s con­struc­tion of set­tle­ments and the Pales­tini­ans’ uni­lat­eral pur­suit of state­hood in in­ter­na­tional fo­rums are not help­ful to build­ing peace. Con­ser­va­tive MPs Tony Cle­ment and Peter Kent faulted Dion for equat­ing the two, and not men­tion­ing the role of Ha­mas, which Canada has listed as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, in the con­flict.

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