Canada Decides to Abstain from, not Oppose, Anti-American Vote at U.N.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to speak to the press outside Rideau Hall after announcing changes to his cabinet in Ottawa, Ontario on August 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lars Hagberg (Photo credit should read LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Canada abstained Thursday from a U.N. General Assembly resolution criticizing the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and for deciding to move its embassy there.

The resolution passed 128-9, with 35 abstentions.

The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party, represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said, “Canada’s longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute,” according to The Hill. Freehand criticized the resolution as one-sided.

Citing “Western diplomats,” Israeli reporter Barak Ravid tweeted that Canada had considered opposing the resolution but did not want to be perceived as too aligned with the U.S. after President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to countries that voted to criticize the U.S.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley had warned earlier in the week that the U.S. would be “taking names” in the vote.

Trudeau’s Conservative Party predecessor, Stephen Harper, was noted for being one of Israel’s best friends on the world stage.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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