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Canadian Parliament Calls for Ceasefire in Israel

March 25, 2024 by admin
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The Canadian Parliament has been engaged in a heated debate over the country’s positions on advocating for a ceasefire and supplying weapons to Israel. This issue has embroiled the public as well, stirring up a wide range of opinions regarding the country’s foreign policy priorities, ethics and place on the international stage.

Canada has traditionally supported Israel, a support rooted in shared democratic values and economic interests. But the question of supporting Israel in its six-month-old war against Hamas is increasingly complex, with international condemnations of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his Likud party’s methods of waging the war.

There are voices of support for Netanyahu in Parliament, with arguments for a continued strategic partnership and mutual desires for security in the region. They point out that supporting an ally when they go to war is important for preserving international trust. Israel remains a crucial base for North American and European powers to counter threats from the Middle East. Canada has an interest in upholding democracy and protecting governments in the region from being controlled by known terrorist groups.

But voices from the other side suggest that the Likud has adopted many of the same tactics that they condemn in terrorist groups, including targeting civilians, journalists, hospitals and aid workers. NDP MP Charlie Angus called out the Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly for equivocating on the issue of supplying weapons to Israel, while the Minister’s Secretary reiterated their promise not to do so. The Secretary also reiterated the Liberal commitment to bring all Israeli hostages home.

While the issue reveals stark divides, Parliament did successfully pass a motion calling for a ceasefire and an end to arms export to Israel by a vote of 204-117. This included the entire NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party caucuses. The entire Conservative caucus voted against it.

The debate continues to broil beyond Parliament, where protests and social media activism continue to gain steam. There is an impassioned movement to shape the country’s stance on the issue, with reports on the conditions in Gaza continuing to fuel protests.

The Canadian position on the conflict will have lasting implications on its relationships with other nations and its role as a global promoter of peace and security. The issue of balancing Canada’s strategic interests with its ethical commitments will play a major role in political debates amongst the country’s electorate.