Oh, Canada. We do love many of you. We definitely love Stephen Harper, who gave a superb, pro-Israel speech to the Knesset today. A couple of Arab MKs hated it so much they heckled Harper and then walked out (to a standing O).
Here’s the transcript if you want to read it all.
“To be clear, we have also periodically made terrible mistakes as in the refusal of our government in the 1930s to ease the plight of Jewish refugees but, as a country, at the turning points of history, Canada has consistently chosen, often to our great cost, to stand with others who oppose injustice, and to confront the dark forces of the world.
“It is, thus, a Canadian tradition to stand for what is principled and just, regardless of whether it is convenient or popular.
“But, I would argue, support today for the Jewish state of Israel is more than a moral imperative it is also of strategic importance, also a matter of our own, long-term interests.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I said a moment ago, that the special friendship between Canada and Israel is rooted in shared values.
“Indeed, Israel is the only country in the Middle East, which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.