The right honourable Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has some good news for Israel.
Kenney’s boss, Stephen Harper Government™ claims that:
Too many tax dollars are spent on asylum claimants who are not in need of protection. Canada is currently receiving a disproportionately high number of asylum claimants who come from countries that historically have very low acceptance rates at the independent Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). These include countries in Europe with strong recognition of democratic and human rights.
(You can read the full monty here.)
So, as part of a sweeping, tax-dollar saving (and asylum-status-denying) fix otherwise known as the Balanced Refugee Reform Act and the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, the Harper Government™ has established a list of countries capable of protecting their own nationals.
AND ISRAEL IS ON IT!! ISRAEL IS “SAFE”!
Israel’s “safe country” status however does not apply to Gaza and the West Bank.