This is a good time to be a Canadian.
I came to that conclusion recently while cleaning out my inbox. Like every other day, too many of the messages were sad reports of lives lost in Israel, ongoing threats to her existence and other bad news. Still more fallout from the flotilla incident http://www.thejewishnewsplace.com/world-news/world/23288-israel-proposes-compensation-for-gaza-flotilla-victims.html, Israeli settlements being condemned by the EU http://www.thejewishnewsplace.com/world-news/world/23306-israel-settlements-building-slammed.html , peace talks in a shambles http://thejewishnewsplace.com/world-news/united-states/23337-us-in-furious-bid-to-salvage-israeli-palestinian-peace-talks-after-abandoning-main-strategy.html and much more of the same.
After all that, you can imagine what a welcome change it was when the next e-mail had positive news—and about my country too. It turns out our own Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, made the case for Israel last month at an international Parliamentarian conference held to combat anti-Semitism here on Parliament Hill.
I definitely recommend reading his words for yourself, http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/11/08/excerpt-harpers-speech-on-israel-anti-semitism/ but let me give you a sample:
When Israel—the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack—is
consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally
obligated to take a stand…
And, leaving no question in anyone’s mind as to where he stood:
…as long as I am Prime Minister…Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost. (1)
At a time like this, when the Peace process could be on one day and off the next http://thejewishnewsplace.com/world-news/politics/23342-us-scrambles-to-salvage-mideast-peace-talks.html and Ithe EU wants Brussels to place sanctions on Israel http://thejewishnewsplace.com/world-news/world/23332-israel-should-face-eu-sanctions.html
why should any of us believe Stephen Harper’s speech wasn’t just a pretty speech designed to make him look good?
Well, after asking myself that same question, I came up with what, to me, are three convincing reasons for belieivng Harper meant what he said:
- Being a pro-Israel prime minister means losing a number of Canadian votes since,unfortunately, not all Canadians see eye to eye. In spite of the political cost, Harper
hasn’t backed down on the issue.
- We’ve seen anti-Israel hositlities surging recently, ever since the flotilla incident,making it less popular than usual to be pro-Israel. That hasn’t stopped him.
3) With Iran pressing closer and closer to full nuclear capacity and its president already
on record for claiming that destroying Israel would be the solution to Middle East
this prime minister stands alongside Israel regardless of who her enemies are.
When Ahmadinejad spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York last year, PM Harper and his delegates boycotted the speech, standing up and exiting the chambers while the president of Iran denounced Israel and denied the Holocaust. Which may have cost Canada its seat on the UN.
But in the words of one Canadian: “If it was Canada’s unwavering support of Israel that led to its first loss of such a seat since the UN formed in 1945, then it should wear that loss with immense pride … We call that loss a win.” http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2010/11/12/16114306.html
Moments like these make me proud to be a Canadian. Thankyou, Stephen Harper.
First published here: http://thejewishnewsplace.com/blogs/latest-posts/entry/canada-friend-of-israel.html