The World Jewish Congress believes Canada should play a larger role in Middle East peace negotiations. President Ronald Lauder suggested as much during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister John Baird in Ottawa last week.
"I believe that in the coming months, Canada can play a role [in negotiations] and I think will be invited to play a role," Lauder told the Canadian Press.
“Canada's long-standing position on a negotiated, two-state solution has not changed,” a spokesman for Baird said. “Our government always stands ready to work in a constructive way to help solve international disputes."
But in a recent interview with Policy Options magazine, Baird qualified, “Canada’s not going to be an honest broker between an international terrorist organization and a liberal democracy, when the great struggle of our generation is the struggle between liberal democracies and international terrorist organizations.”