Harper took steps to stifle Palestinian statehood bid
by Campbell Clark, theglobeandmail.com | November 27, 2012
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government have intervened to pressure the Palestinian Authority to drop its bid for upgraded status at the United Nations, further cementing Canada’s transition into one of Israel’s firmest allies…
“… Mr. Harper took a drive across the city … to have a short, brusque meeting with Mr. Abbas.
“In a little room at the United Nations, Mr. Harper skipped most of the pleasantries in a 15-minute meeting … and told Mr. Abbas he had come to deliver a message: If you keep doing what you’re doing, he said – referring to the Palestinian bid for upgraded status – “there will be consequences.”…”