By Michael Diamond
PM Harper appeared on CFRB today in advance of his appearance tonight at the Israel@60 event at the Ricoh Centre.
This is a remarkable interview and deserves letters and emails of appreciation to the PM.
Key Points Made
– enemies of Israel are enemies of Canada
– Canada has to take a principled position on the Middle East, and not bow to political pressure from voting demographics
– Israel is a beacon in the Middle East
– Canada supports a democratic Palestinian state- but that can only happen when Israelâ€™s enemies allow Israel to live in peace.
– it is not a question of demographics- it is a question of what is right and wrong
– in some circles, anti-Israeli sentiment is a thinly disguised for antisemitism which is unacceptable
– those who hate and wish to destroy the Jewish people will destroy the rest of us today- it was true in WW2, it is true today
– this government is not prepared to cater to that kind of sentiment
– Canada and Israel will remain steadfast friends
– Israelâ€™s existence as a nation of freedom and democracy in the Middle East is consistent with Canadaâ€™s short and long term interests
There has NEVER been a statement made by a leader of a political party in Canada as strong as is represented in this interview.
By comparison with the interview and the point made, which are unequivocal in nature, statements made by earlier Liberal leaders, and senior Liberals today like Ignatieff, pale in comparison.
Not only is Harper showing strong principled support for Israel, he is also recognizing the inherent antisemitism involved in anti-Israel activities, and further, sees clearly the total connection between our well-being as a free western state in Canada, and the welfare of Israel and the Jewish people.
I am really looking forward to hearing our Prime Minister tonight at the Ricoh Centre. I am proud of him, of his party, and of our country that could deliver us a Prime Minister who operates with such principles.
Under Harper, Canada was the first to pull out of Durban II proceedings. Israel and the US have yet to follow suit.
Under Harper, Canada began voting in support of Israel on UN unbalanced resolutions condemning Israel. Previous policy was the same as the Europeans.
During Lebanon War II, Harper declared that â€œIsraelâ€™s response under the circumstances has been measured.â€
In October 2006, Harper said.
â€œWhen it comes to dealing with a war between Israel and a terrorist organization, this country and this government cannot and will never be neutral,â€
â€œThose who seek to destroy the Jews, who seek to destroy Israel, will â€¦ ultimately seek to destroy us all. It is why Canadaâ€™s new government has reacted with speed and spoken with clarity on the recent events in the Middle East.â€
Canada was the first country to withdraw financial aid from the Hamas-led Palestinian government and,
At a meeting of la Francophonie in Bucharest, Mr. Harper blocked a resolution that would only have recognized Lebanese suffering in the conflict.
Canadaâ€™s foreign ministry, responding to pressure from close allies, said on Saturday it would remove the United States and Israel from a watch list of countries where prisoners risk being tortured.
Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:28 pm |
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You have every reason to be proud.
Comment by Laura â€” May 8, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king. With this in mind, perhaps, â€œPM Harper of Canada stands up for Israel, unequivocally.â€ But if Harper and the CPC are such supporters of Israel, why is my folder of critical letters to the PM exploding?
Here is one example of many:
Dear Prime Minister Harper and
Foreign Affairs Minister Bernier,
This morning, I was utterly shocked to read on the web that
â€œCanada expressed concerns yesterday at the growing escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, admonishing Israel for its military operationsâ€
As of 10 am today, the Department of Foreign Affairs had not yet posted the official text of the statement, and the press is not exactly known for precision in reporting. But if the foregoing text of the National Post is accurate, then I wish to express my profound disapproval and protest.
Israel has shown extraordinary restraint in the face of the daily war crimes perpetrated by the Arabs in the Gaza Strip: how else does one characterize targeting Israeli citizens with missiles and mortar fire on a daily basis? Indeed, how would one characterize the Arab strategy of firing missiles from residential areas, including mosques and schools? What would Canada do if Windsor were shelled daily from Detroit – our response to the Fenian Raids suggests that we would have reacted with even greater zeal than the Israelis did. Just the other day, Turkey gave an example of how vigorously a country defends itself from terrorist attacks: I found, however, no Canadian protest concerning the Turkish invasion of Iraqi territory in pursuit of terrorist bases.
Most worrisome to me is the Moral Equivalence to which the Canadian statement descended, according to the National Post; equating the terrorist missiles with the Israeli legitimate self-defence degrades the government that authored the statement.
I regret most deeply that our government is drifting to the level of past administrations.
Dr Joseph Alexander Norland
Ottawa, Ont., Canada
Additionally, my support for Israel is an integral part of my support for the war against Jihad. When PM Harper rushed to recognize Kosovo, led by the terrorist Hashem Thaci, I was greatly dismayed, as any IsraPundit reader should have been.
It is OK to congratulate our PM as a one-eyed king in the land of the blind, but let us not fall in love with him blindly.
Comment by Joseph Alexander Norland â€” May 8, 2008 @ 6:52 pm
Joseph as I understand it , that statement by Bernier caused a great deal of consternation and Harper made it clear to him why. I will get a clarification of this tomorrow.
Comment by Ted Belman â€” May 8, 2008 @ 8:28 pm
Interesting, considering that the 50,000 member Canadian Union of Postal Workers voted last week to pass a resolution in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) released a statement after CUPWâ€™s 23rd triennial convention, held April 13 to 17 in Ottawa, that praised the union for passing a â€œhistoric resolutionâ€¦ in support of the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid [sic].â€
Comment by LeeU â€” May 8, 2008 @ 10:02 pm
I received this email
Canada has announced its bid for a Security Council seat in a contested
election in 2010. (Germany, Portugal, Canada for 2 seats) Lets hope
Harper strays the course. He can join the powerful Palau bloc at the
General Assembly next year and make a big difference.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Mission of Palau to the United Nations
Comment by Ted Belman â€” May 9, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
From a British admirer to Harper
I am not a Canadian, and at my age am unlikely ever to become one. But down the years, I have, like most British people, developed ties with your country.
Whether in the form of personal friendships or by listening to Canadian singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen or Joni Mitchell or by reading books by Canadian authors (and knowing one of them) or listening in on Canadian issues like the shariâ€™a law debate, I have developed very positive feelings for the place. But I have never felt such a warm glow of admiration for Canada as I experienced on reading what you have just said about Israel and your countryâ€™s support for it.
Iâ€™m not Jewish either, but for many, many years Israel has had a special place in my heart, and I do what I can to defend her and advance her interests. As political liberal, I find myself distressed by the malice and ignorance shown by so many politicians round the world when it comes to Israel. Beyond that, as you have said so clearly, anti-Israel sentiment frequently conceals unrepentant anti-Semitism. No country has ever been so maligned for such false reasons.
It take courage for politicians now to speak out clearly in support of Jews and Israel. I want to add my voice to the praise you deserve for having spoken without spin or cant on a subject that lies at the heart of our struggle to maintain high standards in the international arena. If I were a Canadian, you would have my vote for that reason alone.