FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2018
Halifax, NS — In response to the adoption of a resolution at the Conservative Party convention in Halifax recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and advocating the move of Canada’s embassy to that city, David J. Cape, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:
“Jerusalem has been central to Jewish identity since it was established as the capital of the Jewish nation three thousand years ago. Since the establishment of the modern State of Israel, Jerusalem has been home to Israel’s democratically elected parliament, independent supreme court, and national government offices.
“Acknowledging the centrality of Jerusalem for Israel and the Jewish people should not be subject to partisan differences. We have always maintained that Canada, and all political parties, should formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We, therefore, welcome the adoption of the Jerusalem resolution by the Conservative Party of Canada.
“CIJA supports two states for two peoples living in peace and security. We believe the only path to that outcome is direct negotiations between the two parties.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada