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Mentch vs. World: PM Harper’s Support for Israel, Democracy and Values

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing the Knesset, January 20, 2014.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing the Knesset, January 20, 2014.
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As a Canadian, pro-Israel blogger and Social Media person, to say that I was proud of Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel would be an understatement. After watching Secretary of State Kerry insist on a peace deal while defying all logic to do so, and even while the country was grieving during Ariel Sharon’s funeral, Vice President Biden didn’t let up on us unwavering badgering of the tiny state to give up land to those who intend to annihilate her citizenry, as stated in the PLO Charter, that has never been amended. While the push for “peace” was going on, the Shin Bet has since discovered an Al Qaeda linked plot to actually blow up the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. The links for the terror cell ironically originate in Judea and Samaria, or the territory otherwise known as the West Bank.

On the heels of all this comes our Prime Minister. A man who from first blush, almost embodies a typical boring Canadian persona with his reserved and humble delivery. He came to tell Israel that he supported them and their right to exist and defend their homeland. He came to show them the goodwill of all Canadians who agree with his stance. He came to bring the healing balm of friendship. He also came to unequivocally stand up against the rising tide of antisemitism in the world that is disguised in other ways within the ruling intelligentsia.

In his historic speech at the Knesset Prime Minister Harper highlighted these very important points that go against the moral relativism that seeks to delegitimize the State of Israel.

Harper stated:

“First, Canada finds it deplorable that some in the international community still question the legitimacy of the existence of the state of Israel.

Our view on Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is absolute and non-negotiable.

Second, Canada believes that Israel should be able to exercise its full rights as a UN member-state and to enjoy the full measure of its sovereignty.

For this reason, Canada has spoken on numerous occasions in support of Israel’s engagement and equal treatment in multilateral fora.

And, in this regard, I should mention that we welcome Israel’s induction this month into the western, democratic group of states at the United Nations.

Third, we refuse to single out Israel for criticism on the international stage.”

Mr. Harper believes that by not supporting the only democracy in the Middle East, we diminish our own ability to maintain our freedom and democracy in the West.

Stephen Harper also spoke out against Israel as an apartheid state and in that instant, to prove his point, two Arab Members of Knesset heckled him and walked out of his speech. Showing the world that indeed Israel has Arabs in their Government and they have the right to free speech just as any other citizen does.

When Harper was asked later on why he did not criticize Israel publicly as most all other visiting dignitaries do he explained that when he is in the Palestinian Territory holding meetings with leaders there, he is never asked to criticize the governance or practises of the Government there.

The trip also included a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum; a trip to Northern Israel where Mr. & Mrs. Harper visited the bird sanctuary in the Hula Valley named after him; he received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University and he also prayed at The Western Wall in The Old City of Jerusalem. His popularity followed him there where his presence brought on a round of applause from the people on The Kotel Plaza.

About the Author: Leslie-Ann Stoffel is a social media pro-Israel activist. Between Facebook and Twitter, she has more than 8,000 followers.


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11 Responses to “Mentch vs. World: PM Harper’s Support for Israel, Democracy and Values”

  1. Lisa Cooper says:

    Thank you for stating most eloquently the emotional response evoked by the courage of our Prime Minister to tell the world that Canadians stand as friends of Israel. I don't know if I have ever been prouder; that public declaration embodied all that the world has come to expect – and respect – from our country.

  2. Well said, Leslie-Ann. I am so proud to be a Canadian today because of PM Harper.

  3. You're welcome Lisa. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Michael David S. Severson says:

    PM Harper’s unmitigated integrity and bold candor certainly personify the genuine standard of true statesmanship.

    As acit

  5. Michael David S. Severson says:

    As a citizen of the USA, I am appalled by politicians who swear an oath to lawfully uphold and defend the Constitution, and then flagrantly violate it with impunity.

    It would appear in the USA, that such oaths are purely ceremonial, rather than law.

    This creates a deep chasm between PM Harper and the Obama administration on many levels.

    The most glaring issue is forthrightly denying the historical, legal and factual evidence surrounding Israel’s right to exist according to the League of Nation’s resolution of 1922, and Transjordan was created for a distinctly Arab state.

    The opportunistic greed and corruption behind the creeping encroachment of Israel’s borders and national sovereignty is equally appalling!

    PM Harper’s bold stand sharply contrasts such corruption!

    We desperately need a legion of politiciansand statesmen like him to stand up for Israel and refuse to be intimidated!

  6. Thank you Michael David for your excellent comment!

  7. James Bauers says:

    What an awesome article Leslie-Ann! I really like how you write! Thank you for your work! May HaShem bless you deeply & richly! :-)

  8. Pray for Mr.Harper to influence other national leaders, pray for peace in Israel, our Lord hears our prayers. Wonderful article. Don't divide Israel, to do so is sinful.

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