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Wasserlauf: Conservatives’ Endorsement of Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem is Good Diplomacy — Opinion

For those who are unaware, the biggest Canadian Conservative Party convention of the year just took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on August 23-25.

While I was not there, I was certainly ecstatic about one major policy that the Conservatives adopted almost unanimously.

Vancouver Centre riding in British Columbia, and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount riding in Quebec have proposed a resolution to move the Canadian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in this case, Canada would become the next country to move its embassy to the Jewish Capital.

There were times where Scheer outwardly vocalized his desire to address the situation regarding Jerusalem and the embassy move.  This was his moment.

The Conservatives’ motion to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital and to move the embassy is great news for several reasons.  Firstly, it backs up our democratic peers in the Middle East; secondly, it provides reinforcement to the one factual historical narrative that exists and should only exist; and lastly, it boosts diplomatic relations between both countries.

Democratic Cooperation

Our democratic family in the Middle East, Israel, live on a sliver of land in an even bigger land, which is more like an ocean of chaos.  The country with only less than 10 million people within its borders is the subject of violent conflict, controversy and divisiveness on a daily basis.  Motioning to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would mean that those Muslims, Jews, or Christians, living in the Capital, looking to maintain their democratic lifestyles, will indeed have support in a united Jerusalem from a nation that understands what democratic sovereignty means.

A divided Israel means another pre-’67-era of Jewish life, where the Israeli-Jewish community will be unable to liberally express themselves at the Temple Mount, leading to harassment, and murder.

Oh wait… Jews are still harassed at the Temple Mount, and are still banned from praying there. But at least the Jews can still visit their most Holy place and not be shot at after taking several steps to ascend the religious site.  Under Jordan’s sovereignty over the site, Jews were explicitly not allowed on the Temple Mount whatsoever.

Brief History

The actual historical narrative is that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for thousands of years.  The more we start supporting this narrative, the more we can discredit the fallacious rhetoric that Jews are occupying Israel.

Jews began to inhabit the land more than 4,000 years ago.  The Babylonians attacked, displaced and massacred Israelites, then the Persian King Cyrus allowed the Jews to go back to their homeland.  Following this, the Romans conquered the Kingdoms of Israel and Judea and Samaria, did the same thing to the Jews living in Israel that the Babylonians did, and, subsequently baptised a new name for the land after the former enemy of the Israelites, the Philistines.

Jewish life survived in Israel, with populations numbering over one hundred thousand in Jerusalem, and thousands more in communities around modern Israel, and this is even after future raids by Muslim colonialists and Christian Crusaders.

The Ottoman Empire was the next to take control of Jerusalem, building their Al-Aqsa mosque, literally named after Beit Al Maqdes, or Beit HaMiqdash in Hebrew, over the actual Jewish BeitHamiqdash, which was the original Jewish Holy Temple that was destroyed twice.

Though there was an attempt to re-write history, Jewish life persisted and by ‘48, Israel was officially recognized and established as a new democracy in the Middle East, home to the best quality of life and freedom in the region to all people regardless of ethnicity, religion, creed, and identity.  Jews, Christians and Muslims, atheists, or other, were all fortunate enough to be able to prosper in the democracy that is Israel, from that point forward.

There is not only scientific evidence, such as uncovered thousands of years old archaeological artifacts that suggest Israelis are the indigenous and ancient peoples of Israel, Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem, but there are also biblical references, documented history, and other empirical proofs to demonstrate that Jerusalem has always been the eternal, religious and political Capital of Israelis.

Diplomatic Relations

When I went to listen to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech about Jewish life and Zionism at his event at Shaar HaShomayim in Montreal, I was stunned to learn that the Right Honourable Harper actually considered moving the embassy under his dime.

Taken aback, I was actually disappointed.  Harper explained that he felt as though that by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful Capital and moving the embassy as a result of this recognition, he would be alienating both Israel and Canada on the world stage since he, Harper, was one of the only remaining staunch Zionists and Israel advocates on the global stage during his leadership period.

The former Prime Minister explained that it took a more powerful and influential nation like the United States of America to pull something like an embassy move off, so that extreme violence would not ensue.

Though the violence happened anyways, the United States of America stood by Israel and its decision to move the embassy, on the world platform, at the United Nations.

The Liberals needed a lot of squeezing in order to get them to submit to the facts that Hamas was causing a severe raucous in the region and after the Conservatives repeatedly called the Liberals out on their pandering to hyper-tolerance, this new policy is exactly what both Canada and Israel need: to abide to the facts of history, to boost diplomatic relations with our first world, democratic Middle Eastern counterparts, and equally as important, to respect Israeli unity no matter the identity, and a commitment to the communities in the region can heed the democratic influence Canadians want to help foster.

Jonathan Wasserlauf

Jonathan is interested in the intersection between politics, pop culture, the media, and their audiences.

Comments

  • No, it isn't good policy. Not because the policy itself is unsound, but rather because current issues demand that the political party presenting itself as the only viable choice against the Liberals have 100% of its attention focused on domesttic policy right now. From fenttanyl, to NAFTA to border issues, we have multiple crises in play at the moment. No one wants to hear about embassies at a time like this, the optics (disconnect) is just aweful.

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