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