Media: Canada Shifts Stance on Palestinian Statehood Following Trudeau-Gantz Discussion

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.19 - 2024 1:04 PM CET

According to Jewish News, Canada has dropped recognition of Palestinian statehood.

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The political landscape regarding the recognition of Palestinian statehood in Canada has undergone a significant shift following a conversation between Israeli Minister Benny Gantz and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

This development came to light as the Canadian Parliament was poised to vote on a matter deeply impacting Middle Eastern geopolitics as reported by Jewishnews.

Initially, the motion under consideration in Canada's House of Commons, spearheaded by the NDP, sought to officially recognize Palestinian statehood.

This proposal also included calls for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, a surge in humanitarian aid to Gaza, and an embargo on arms trade with Israel.

However, the dialogue between Gantz and Trudeau led to a pivotal amendment. The revised motion no longer seeks to "officially recognize the State of Palestine" but instead emphasizes Canada's role in collaborating with international partners. The goal now is to "actively pursue the goal of a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East," which includes efforts towards the establishment of a Palestinian state as part of a negotiated two-state solution.

This amendment has sparked debate within Canadian political circles. Liberal MP Anthony Housefather voiced concerns over the process, highlighting the lack of opportunity for thorough discussion on such a significant amendment, which was introduced after the debate had concluded.