canada.com

By Lee Berthiaume
OTTAWA — Questions are surfacing about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s rare rebuke of Israel last week following reports Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not remember the discussion.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told the Globe and Mail in an interview last Thursday that Harper had told Netanyahu that Canada was opposed to Israel’s plan to build thousands of new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

This includes plans to build on a key section called E-1 that would make the creation of a Palestinian state extremely difficult to achieve.

Israel announced the construction plan in retaliation for a majority of United Nations members voting to upgrade the Palestinians’ status at the world body.

While Israel disagrees, such construction is considered illegal by the UN and most countries — including Canada — because the territories were captured by the Jewish state in a war in…

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