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Despite it being one of the few nations with both the courage and the foresight to vote against the Palestinian Authority getting non-voting observer state status in the U.N., Canada's support of Israel is not unconditional.

It is close, but it's not absolute.

This will come as a surprise, of course, to those who still believe Hamas is not a terrorist-backed government, and that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is not unwilling and unable to accept Israel as a Jewish state.

Canada, however, is not that naive.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's phone call recently to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, therefore, was not to pledge an all-for-one, one-for-all allegiance.

Instead, it was to chastise Israel for responding to the U.N.'s vote on Palestine's observer state status by reviving settlement plans east of Jerusalem that have been plaguing peace talks since the first shovel broke ground.

This will come as a blow to Netanyahu, but it is an admonishment the Israeli leader needed to hear, particularly since it was coming from a country that has had Israel's back through thick and thin, often with few questions asked.

Those who still wish to believe Canada's relationship with Israel is one-sided need to be reminded that Canada has invested some $300 million in aid to the Palestinian cause over the last five years, and much of it has been without restriction.

That must end now.

Expanded settlements do not help that process, and neither do Israel-bound missiles flying out of Gaza.

The U.N. has already done its damage.

Now it's time for damage control.

Yet again.

Ottawa (Ontario) Sun

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