Why Canada's Views on the Arab-Israeli Conflict Matter

By Brent Sasley

Huffington Post, November 18, 2011

The author argues that United Nations General Assembly votes on the Arab-Israeli conflict are important symbols for states, including Canada. He states that Canadians should not spend too much time trying to figure out what Ottawa's voting on these UN resolutions means for Canada's position and influence in the region. For the most part little has changed and there isn't much evidence that Canada can alter regional dynamics to any degree on its own. Rather, we should look to these votes as indicators of the government's sense of its Canadian self -- as decided on by the prime minister and foreign minister. On an international conflict like the Israeli-Palestinian one, where Canada casts its ballots does tell us how it perceives the legitimacy and morality of the two sides' positions and arguments.

Topic: Political Behavior, International Relations, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israeli-Arab Conflict, Politics

Name of Publication: The Huffington Post

Genre: Blog Post

Coverage: Canada

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Author

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Bibliographic Information:
Sasley, Brent. Why Canada's Views on the Arab-Israeli Conflict Matter. The Huffington Post. Huffington Post. 18 November 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13448


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