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The case of the Golan Heights

2019 – President Trump issued a Declaration which inter-alia reads: “After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability importance.”

Canada did not lose time to object to the Declaration. The objection reads:

“In accordance with international law, Canada does not recognise permanent Israeli control over the Golan Heights. Canada’s long-standing position remains unchanged. Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law. Any declaration of a unilateral border change goes against the foundation of the rules-based international order. Canada is a steadfast friend. We stand with Israel and support Israel’s right to live in peace and security with its neighbours.” Global Affairs Canada, March 25, 2019

Anyone who is familiar with the topography of the area where the Golan Heights are situated in relation to the Israeli territory below it and the pre-1967 history of the abusive Syrian military practices not merely against the IDF but against the inhabitants of the Israeli lands going about their daily businesses, earning their living , managing their natural resources and their respective communal lives, will conclude that Israel’s security requires it to extend its sovereignty over the Heights.

Further, contrary to the objection of Canada to the U.S. Declaration, Israel did not acquire the Heights by force. It acquired it during the 1967 defensive war when Arab armies sought to destroy the country and at one point, the Syrian army unable to carry its mission abandoned the Heights.

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As the reader will appreciate the 1967 war was only one of the three aggressive wars (1948-49, 1967, and 1973) in which Syria engaged, along with other Arab countries, in unprovoked wars against Israel with the paramount objective of destroying it.

The question then arises: Can aggressors keep doing that without at some point having to pay the price for it, particularly since the matter at hand concerns Israel’s security and right to defend itself against Syria, which will be tempted to try its luck to recover the Heights.

Second, contrary to plain logic, while Canada claims to recognize Israel’s right to live in security, it denies it the right to acquire the means to do so, having regard to the incontrovertible fact that Israel cannot reasonably be expected to live in security, if Syria was given back possession of the Golan Heights.

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The case of the so-called “annexation” of lands in Judea and Samaria a.k.a West Bank

2019 December– Upon the appointment of Francois-Phillipe Champagne as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Jewish national organization B’nai Brith

  1. asked him to lead the way for Canada to fight against antisemitism and the de-legitimisation of Israel on the world stage and towards this end,
  2. it provided the Minister with a list of eight recommendations in carrying out this task.

To the best of my knowledge, Champagne did not act on any of these recommendations during his tenure in Foreign Affairs. His involvement of the following matter suggests that he did not quite share B’nai Brith’s views.

2020– On January 28, 2020, President Trump unveiled his peace plan, titled “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People”.

The Israeli government’s plan to redraw its northern borders in accordance with the map set out in President Trump’s peace proposal and extend its sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria, disturbed some of the E.U member countries; some Arab ones, and some members of the U.S. Democratic Party.

Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada Francois-Phillipe Champagne at a “fireside chat” on October 21. (Photo: Twitter)

Aaron Shull, of World Israel News in an article titled Canadian FM: We will pressure Israel to abandon annexation on world stage if given the chance, June 9, 2020 reported the following:

According to P.A.’s WAFA news outlet “Canada’s foreign minister said if given the chance, he would pressure Israel to abandon its plan to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, reports the Palestinian Authority’s WAFA news outlet.

During a telephone conversation…, Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne told PA Foreign Affairs chief Riyad Malki that if Canada joins the UN Security Council, it “will not remain silent” and will “speak out for peace and stability in the Middle East,” the report says.

For his part, Malki urged Champagne to consider imposing sanctions on Israel if it acts on annexation.

Later in June, a vote [was] held among UN member states on whether to grant Canada a seat on the Security Council. Many political pundits do not believe Canada will be granted a seat due to its general irrelevance on the world stage.

[And the pundits turned out to be right.]

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada Francois-Phillipe Champagne (left) giving a sideways glance at his Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. (Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO)

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for his part, condemned Israel’s plan to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.

“I’ve been very direct with the Israeli leaders,” Trudeau said during his Tuesday coronavirus briefing. “We deplore such actions, which are going to delay any prospect of lasting peace in the Middle. I have highlighted both publicly and directly to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz the importance of staying away from measures that are unilateral and our deep concerns and disagreement with their proposed policy of annexation”.

Netanyahu is pushing for a July 1 date to begin annexation, but earlier admitted that although Israel wanted to annex “the maximum possible,” the details are not yet final.

“Things are still not finalized with the Americans and the maps are not yet finalized. We need to exploit this opportunity that we have this president there in the White House. We cannot allow Trump to think that we are not interested,” Netanyahu said.

Interestingly enough, a lot of Palestinians expressed enthusiasm about living under the jurisdiction of the Israeli government .All those who were courageous enough to express their enthusiasm audibly enough to be heard by the P.A. personnel, ended up being arrested and punished.

The Prime Minister’s statement cannot withstand scrutiny for four reasons. These reasons and the rest of the matters concerning the proposed annexation will be presented in the following Part 19.

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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