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Canada Names Critic of Palestinians New Envoy to Israel

Canada's new Ambassador Vivian Bercovici will be a rare sight in Jerusalem - a foreign envoy on whom Israel can depend.

Canada's new Ambassador Vivian Bercovici will be a rare sight in Jerusalem - a foreign envoy on whom Israel can depend.

Canada’s new Ambassador to Israel is Toronto lawyer Vivian Bercovici, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Wednesday.

She is a former Finance Ministry policy adviser and a severe critic of the Palestinian Authority.

She’s smart and capable and will be able to represent this government well,” said Baird , who pointed out that she will be the representative to Israel exclusively and not the Palestinian Authority.

Asked about a general consensus that she is far from being a fan of the Palestinian Authority, Baird replied, “It won’t be a huge shock to anyone that Canada is a strong supporter of Israel.”

The appointment comes less than two weeks before Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make his first trip to Israel as head of the government.

Bercovici writes a column in the Toronto Star, where last April she lambasted major media for not exposing the Palestinian Authority’s goon squad tactics to squelch press freedom while trying to turn Israel into a miserable offender.

Last January she wrote, “The Palestinian leadership, in the meantime, carries on with its unequivocal message — calling for the destruction of Israel — disseminated openly in political forums, the tightly controlled media and taught freely in schools and universities.

“That western leaders, among them President Barack Obama and U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague, regard Israel as the peace spoiler, defies logic.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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7 Responses to “Canada Names Critic of Palestinians New Envoy to Israel”

  1. Joe Khoury says:

    Makes me proud of Harper and being Canadian!! That's an unambiguous statement from Canada

  2. Mary Hale says:

    Good for Canada..God bless Stephen Harper.

  3. congratulations on your appointment, Vivian. You have a big job ahead of you. Convince Bibi not to release any more prisoners, not to devide Jerusalem and not to dismantle the settlements. Good luck and Shalom.

  4. Mazel Tov to the new ambassador and also thank-you Prime Minister Stephen Harper for appointing her! Cheryl Semrau

  5. Maynard Miller says:

    Hey, that is great! We'll trade Kerry for her anytime.

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