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January 22, 2014 11:06 am

Stephen Harper Says He Will Not Single Out Israel for Criticism

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo: World Economic Forum - Remy Steinegger/WikiMedia Commons. – Asked about Israeli construction beyond the Green Line in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he would not single out Israel for criticism.

“The one lesson I think we have learned is that when somebody is a minority, particularly a small minority in the world, one goes out of one’s way to embrace them, not to single them out for criticism,” Harper said.

“Leaders on both sides know what Canada’s view is on [Israeli settlement construction], which is, as I say, publicly available. … I find it, you know, interesting—let me just make it as an observation—that, you know, yesterday in the Palestinian Authority, no one asked me there, no one asked me there to single out the Palestinian Authority for any criticism in terms of governance or human rights or anything else. I’m asked to single out Israel. When I’m in Israel, I’m asked to single out Israel; when I’m in the Palestinian Authority, I’m asked to single out Israel; and in half the other places around the world you ask me to single out Israel,” he said.

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