Stephen Harper to Benjamin Netanyahu in phone call: Canada supports a two-state solution for Israelis and Paletinians


National Post

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reiterated Canada’s support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians during a phone call to newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The statement from Harper’s office on Sunday was more muted than statements made recently by U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

It was the first time Harper and Netanyahu had spoken since Netanyahu secured a victory on Tuesday. Harper congratulated his counterpart for the re-election, his office said.

In the final days of the hotly contested campaign, Netanyahu said he would not support the creation of an independent Palestinian state. That position flew in the face of that traditionally taken by the U.S., Europe and Canada.

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A statement from the prime minister’s office said that Harper had reiterated the government’s “resolute commitment” to Israel’s security.

“The Prime Minister…

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