Recognition of a Palestinian state: “Trudeau is walking on eggshells one year before an election”

Recognition of a Palestinian state: “Trudeau is walking on eggshells one year before an election”
Recognition of a Palestinian state: “Trudeau is walking on eggshells one year before an election”

Neither the United States, nor France, nor Germany, nor the United Kingdom, nor Canada have followed in the footsteps of the three European countries which recognized a Palestinian state on Wednesday, but the Liberal government could change its position shoulder if circumstances arose, according to the panelists on the show The Joust.

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“[Justin Trudeau] walking on eggshells one year before an election,” notes former Minister of Health, Géatan Barrette.

Although Mr. Barrette notes that Canada’s position on a Palestinian state is “nuanced,” he believes that the Prime Minister’s decisions are “dominated by Canada’s internal political situation.”

“I think that Canada would like to go further, but cannot for reasons which are mainly internal politics,” he maintains.

According to the former spokesperson for Québec Solidaire, Amir Khadir, the recognition of a Palestinian state is only a “symbolic question to put pressure on the Israeli authorities.”

“I think it’s a question of time,” he continues. Canada will end up recognizing this, sooner rather than later.”

Mr. Khadir asserts that the Netanyahu government “wants nothing to do with a Palestinian state because it wants greater Israel including Gaza and the occupied territories of the West Bank.”

It would therefore be with the aim of hindering possible negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian authorities for a two-state solution that the Netanyahu government would have allowed Hamas to take power in the Gaza Strip, according to the politician.

“As Hamas does not recognize Israel, they say: ‘Ah, it’s Hamas’s fault for not recognizing us, we cannot discuss, therefore we cannot arrive at a two-state solution,’ which allows them to continue ethnic cleansing and apartheid,” he explains.

“So the only way we have in the West is to do the right things,” he emphasizes. The West must have the courage to force Israel to open the game and then create the two states.”

“We have to do this to corner Netanyahu and his right-wing supporters,” concludes Mr. Khadir.

Watch the La Joute segment in the video above.

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