Writing in the Globe and Mail today, Paul Heinbecker, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, wrote about the “unintended consequences of (U.S. President) Trump’s attack on Syria.”
In his commentary, Heinbecker wrote:
Meanwhile, the broader Middle East is simmering. The Israelis and the Iranians are threatening each other after an Israeli attack in Syria killed seven Iranian soldiers, bringing a war between Tel Aviv and Tehran a step closer. Further north, the Turks, who supported U.S. action saying that it was “unthinkable not to respond” to Syrian use of chemical weapons, are watching Syria intently, keeping lines open with Washington, Moscow and Tehran but determined to protect their interests along the Syrian border.”
While many countries have embassies located in Tel Aviv, they do not regard it as Israel’s capital. While Mr. Saunders is entitled to his own opinions, he’s not entitled his own facts. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, not Tel Aviv. Jerusalem is the seat of the President of the State, the Knesset, the Government, and the Supreme Court.
This past December, Globe columnist Doug Saunders made the same error and the Globe failed to issue a correction.
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