Disturbing development on the northern front

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Israpundit exposes a lie by the Prime Minister of Canada. This is important, and disturbing:

Prime Minister Paul Martin is no friend of Israel. Even by the standards of politics, Paul Martin's willingness to lie to a Jewish audience, especially when it is certain that he will be caught out a few days later, beggars the imagination.

On November 13, Paul Martin spoke to an overwhelmingly Jewish audience at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) in Toronto. He said [view video 1,2]:

'Canada has for many years supported Israel's rightful place in the international community, including at the United Nations. And we will continue to press for the kinds of reforms that will eliminate the politicization of the United Nations and its agencies, and in particular, the annual ritual of politicized anti—Israel resolutions.' [my emphasis]

Three days later, Canada voted in the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly on this year's ritual of 9 'politicized anti—Israel resolutions'. Unbelievably, Canada voted against Israel 7 times, abstained once, and supported Israel only once.

Does that mean that Paul Martin lied to a Jewish assembly, or had he just forgotten to instruct his foreign minister as to the government's new direction? To answer that question, we need to go back a year to November 30, 2004 when Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, Allan Rock, announced that "resolutions [against Israel] are often divisive and lack balance" and hinted that he would improve the situation. Those who heaped praise on this foreign policy breakthrough didn't seem to notice that, the following day, Canada voted against Israel 5 out of 6 times on that year's first batch of 'politicized anti—Israel resolutions', including one declaring that Israel has no legal, jurisdictional or administrative rights to any part of Jerusalem.

There's much more. Read it.

Ed Lasky  11 18 05

Israpundit exposes a lie by the Prime Minister of Canada. This is important, and disturbing:

Prime Minister Paul Martin is no friend of Israel. Even by the standards of politics, Paul Martin's willingness to lie to a Jewish audience, especially when it is certain that he will be caught out a few days later, beggars the imagination.

On November 13, Paul Martin spoke to an overwhelmingly Jewish audience at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) in Toronto. He said [view video 1,2]:

'Canada has for many years supported Israel's rightful place in the international community, including at the United Nations. And we will continue to press for the kinds of reforms that will eliminate the politicization of the United Nations and its agencies, and in particular, the annual ritual of politicized anti—Israel resolutions.' [my emphasis]

Three days later, Canada voted in the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly on this year's ritual of 9 'politicized anti—Israel resolutions'. Unbelievably, Canada voted against Israel 7 times, abstained once, and supported Israel only once.

Does that mean that Paul Martin lied to a Jewish assembly, or had he just forgotten to instruct his foreign minister as to the government's new direction? To answer that question, we need to go back a year to November 30, 2004 when Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, Allan Rock, announced that "resolutions [against Israel] are often divisive and lack balance" and hinted that he would improve the situation. Those who heaped praise on this foreign policy breakthrough didn't seem to notice that, the following day, Canada voted against Israel 5 out of 6 times on that year's first batch of 'politicized anti—Israel resolutions', including one declaring that Israel has no legal, jurisdictional or administrative rights to any part of Jerusalem.

There's much more. Read it.

Ed Lasky  11 18 05