While 33 ambassadors and dignitaries participated the recent celebration of the US embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, one country was noticeably absent from the list of attendees. Though considered by many to be one of Israel’s strongest allies, Canada chose to boycott the dedication.
“We will not be moving Canada’s embassy to Jerusalem,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in response to President Trump’s decision to move the U.S embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital city. Palestinian diplomats welcomed the Trudeau government’s decision not to support the move.
In stark contrast, Trudeau’s Conservative predecessor Stephen Harper lauded Trump’s decision to move the U.S embassy to Jerusalem. The Canadian Conservative Party has pledged to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital if they win the general election in 2019.