Author: Macy Carpenter

Relationship matters

Historical events that changed the international relations between Israel and Canada

Because the Jews were pressured to migrate in different parts of the world because of the unfortunate situations they have been through, maintaining good international relations was and still is to this day an absolute must. Leading a prosperous life without conflicts involves successfully managing harsh situations. There are many historical events that somehow influenced the path of Jews throughout the passage of time. The relations between Canada and Israel are worth mentioning because of their longevity and stability.

Because Canada accepted the State of Israel and eventually collaborated with the Jews and allowed the evolution of a community on their territory, the Israeli-Canadian journey was beneficial for both sides. Considering this, many Jews emigrated to Canada and settled there in different migration waves. Another reason why Jews chose to emigrate in different parts of the world would be the Arab-Israeli conflict, influencing the Canadian emigrations around the 1990s. Here are some historical events that had an impact on the Israeli-Canadian relation:

UNSCOP

UNSCOP translated as the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine plays a great role in the actual creation of the Jewish community in Canada. UNSCOP was formed of eleven different nations (Australia, Netherlands, Canada, Peru, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Guatemala, Uruguay, India, Yugoslavia, and Iran). Because Canada was part of UNSCOP at the time when the State of Israel finally decided to declare its independence, it was easy to create a good relationship between Canada and Israel. The reason behind this is the goal of UNSCOP to separate Palestine in two different states. That is the moment when Israel became independent and gained the favoring vote of Canada and the relations between the two states became visible.

The Suez Crisis

Canada had a noticeable importance in combating Arab nationalism. During the Suez Crisis in 1956, Canada played the role of a peace-maker. De-tensioning the situation between Egypt, the United States, and Great Britain was the main preoccupation of Canada. The confrontation included both military and political means. Lester Pearson addressed the issues in the committee and later won the Nobel Prize for maintaining the peace. Through this decision, Canada avoided a conflict between the French and the Israeli troops. The First United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I) also had an impact on the withdrawal of this conflict.

The Israeli-PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) War

This was one of the most controversial historical events taking place in Israel, which is the reason why it has such a big impact on the state’s international relations. The PLO was an organization that had one purpose – liberating Palestine through violence. The Israeli civilians were in danger and a war started. There were discussions between the Israeli and Canadian prime ministers, trying to assess the situation that was currently happening in Lebanon. The tensioned political atmosphere led to backlashes, but Canada abstained from the vote in times of need. The international relations between Canada and Israel met some obstacles in their journey at that moment. After the conflict ended, Canada and Israel resumed their activities and continued to collaborate.