A majority of Canadians believe that a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not possible. This is what has emerged in a new study conducted by Ledger.
Just over half of Canadians surveyed say lasting peace is not possible. However, according to one-fifth, it is possible to reach a peaceful solution to this problem.
62 percent of those who believe that a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace is not possible have a good understanding of the ongoing conflict.
Ledger creates questionnaires for surveys. It is supported by the Association for Canadian Studies. These questions were put to 1,548 Canadians from October 13 to 15.
Two-thirds of those surveyed said they were keeping a close eye on the situation. And half said they had a good understanding of the violence.
The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been going on for decades, contributing greatly to the instability in the Middle East.
The Gaza Strip is a strip of land on Israel’s western border, about the size of Montreal. Hamas has occupied Gaza since 2007. Canada has designated the group as a terrorist organization since 2002. Both Israel and Egypt imposed blockades on Gaza after it fell under Hamas control. As a result, the movement of people and goods in the area has been restricted. About 2 million people live on the land.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government have criticized Hamas’ actions as terrorist attacks. He also said that Israel has the right to defend itself. But Ottawa has also recently said it expects Gaza to respect international law. Canada has also called on Israel, Egypt and others to allow aid to reach Gaza. There, people have been deprived of essential goods and electricity for more than a week.
Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said she was very concerned about what was happening in Gaza. I have said it many times that Gaza is currently the worst place to live.
40 percent of Canadians surveyed by Ledger believe Canada’s support for Israel is justified. 10 percent said Canada should not support Israel so much. 16 percent say Canada is too supportive of Israel. A little more than one-third i.e. 34 percent did not want to give any opinion in this regard.