“When I am prime minister, we still won’t hold negotiations with the Palestinians.” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced to Israeli media on January 1st.
Lapid, who is expected to replace current Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett next year under their “rotation agreement”, said that the Israeli government will not negotiate with the Palestinians even after he becomes prime minister in August 2023. (Bennett has already said the same thing.)
Lapid’s comment was all but ignored in the Israeli press. This isn’t surprising, Lapid revealed something that the Israeli public has long known. There is no Israeli interest in ending the occupation, no Israeli partner for any solution, not even an Israeli interest in negotiations.
“In truth, there never was, but now official Israel, for the first time in its history, is acknowledging as much”, concludes Levy. “The possibility that the Palestinians will be doomed to another hundred years of apartheid cannot be dismissed”.
What will Canada do?
What is surprising is that there was NO MENTION of Lapid’s statement in Canadian media and NO REACTION by the Canadian government.
Surprising, because Lapid’s statement is in flagrant contradiction to the official Canadian position in favour of a negotiated two state solution.
Now that a negotiated two-state solution has been excluded by the current Israeli prime minister and the next one, and will not be on the table negotiations for at least 3 years, what will Canada do? Will Canada dare to criticize Israel? Let alone apply any pressure? Does Canada really support a two state solution, or are these just idle words?
Canada – missing in action again
Unfortunately, the record is not encouraging. Canada has not done anything to defend a two state solution over the last decade as Israel continues to expand settlements and make a mockery of the notion.
Others have not been so timid. On December 8th, fifteen European ambassadors came to the Israeli Foreign Ministry to lodge a series of diplomatic protests. They protested house demolitions and evictions from Palestinian homes, as well as the Government of Israel’s decision to declare six Palestinian civil society NGOs terrorist organizations. That designation was based on Israelis claims that the NGO’s were tied to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a claim most European countries dismiss as unproven.
The European protest so angered the Israeli official that she reportedly told them their litany of complaints “pisses me off.”
One day, it may be considered a badge of honour to have delivered a diplomatic protest which “pissed off” representatives of Israel’s apartheid regime. But a week after Lapid’s announcement, neither Prime Minister Trudeau nor Global Affairs Minister Melanie Joly have made any comment.
Instead of reinforcing the European protest by joining in, Canada is actually undermining its impact.
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