Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is out of touch with Canadians’ views on Israel’s annexation of the West Bank, a survey reveals. As Canada vies for a spot on the UN Security Council, its pro-Israel record may hamper its chances.
A new survey by EKOS Research Associates found that 74 percent of Canadians want Trudeau to oppose Israel’s illegal plans to annex parts of the West Bank, and 42 percent want Canada to impose diplomatic and/or economic sanctions against Tel Aviv.
“This suggests that Canada’s pro-Israel approach to foreign policy is out of touch with the perspective of most Canadians, and is catering to the views of particular political constituencies,” the study’s authors wrote.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex one third of the occupied West Bank, which is illegal under international law and opposed by much of the international community, is seen as a further blow to the illusion of a two-state solution, which Canada supports.
While Trudeau has voiced “deep concerns” about Israel’s plans, Canadians have called on their government to take a stronger stance. More than 50 retired diplomats, ambassadors and former cabinet ministers urged the PM to start “speaking loudly and clearly on this issue.”
It isn’t just Canadians who are unhappy with their prime minister’s actions, as over 100 organizations and prominent figures have penned an open letter to UN ambassadors urging them not to vote for Canada in its bid for a seat at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday.