Harper's selective Arab awakening

The prime minister has been cool to both the call for a resumption of Arab-Israeli peace talks and for extending direct funding to Arab democracy movements.

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Canadian Forces soldiers leave Camp Mirage near Dubai, UAE on Oct. 19, 2010.
Haroon Siddiqui
Published: Monday, 12/05/2011 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Wednesday, 04/30/2014 11:30 am EDT

With his strong pro-Israeli posture, Stephen Harper put Canadian relations with Arab nations into cold storage. Since winning his majority in May, he has reasserted fidelity to Israel. Yet he has also been slowly opening up to selective Arab governments, even while being wary of the Arab awakening and hostile to non-Arab but Muslim Iran—just as Israel is.

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