By David Jay Bercuson

Canadian Zionists of the Nineteen Thirties have been apprehensive to contain their executive within the Palestine query. The strain they delivered to undergo used to be fuelled through a brand new urgency while British coverage in Palestine denied access to Jewish refugees from the Nazi terror. at the present time there's a broadly held influence that the Canadian govt replied quick and sympathetically to that strain. Jews and Arabs alike, every one for his or her personal reasons, have created clone of a Canada pleasant to Zionism, and of Canadian coverage directed through such pro-Zionists as Lester Pearson.

But as David Bercuson demonstrates, in fact way more advanced. actually, Zionist efforts to contain Canada within the Palestine query met with significant resistance from Ottawa, even if Canada used to be elected to club at the United international locations targeted Committee on Palestine in 1947. The partition of Palestine was once finally supported by way of Canada, yet begrudgingly. Ottawa considered partition because the ‘least awful’ strategy to an issue that was once acutely delicate either diplomatically and politically.

Hardly the champions of Zionism that it has as a rule been thought of, Canada is published in Bercuson’s learn as having tested a center east coverage, no longer on ethical or ideological grounds, yet at the foundation of the politicians’ view of its personal nationwide interests.

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