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1967 Reference Cut from G8 Statement

Allegedly at the insistence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, a reference to the 1967 lines as a basis for a future border between Israel and Palestine was removed from the G8’s statement calling for the resumption of negotiations. Harper has declined to confirm or deny his hand in the deletion, but Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu is reported to have phoned Harper the day before the G8 summit.. “The Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week,” a European diplomat said.

Other members of the G8, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have endorsed President Obama’s citing of the 1967 lines.

Here is Stephen Harper speaking on November 8, 2010 on what he sees as the moral obligation to defend Israel, whatever the political cost.