web analytics
April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Harper Catches Anti-Israel Media Bias Red-Handed

Israel should hire Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as its ambassador to the world.
anadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a surprise performance palying the piano and singing at an annual event of the Canadian branch of the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael) attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, during Harper's official visit to Israel. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash 90

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper exposed anti-Israel media. He also gave a surprise performance playing the piano and singing at an annual event of the Canadian branch of the Jewish National Fund on Tuesday.
Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90

Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper exposed anti-Israel media bias Tuesday by noting that no reporter asked him in Ramallah about human rights in the Palestinian Authority but peppered him with questions on Jewish settlements when he was in Jerusalem.

At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday, Harper was asked several times to make a statement on settlements. He kept repeating what he has said he arrived on Sunday – that the purpose of his visit is not to “single out Israel” for criticism.

When a reported pressed him again on the issue, Harper replied, “Once again, let me emphasize it: I am not here to single out Israel for criticism. I find it, you know, interesting – let me just make it as an observation – that, you know, yesterday in the Palestinian Authority, no one asked me there, no one asked me there to single out the Palestinian Authority for any criticism in terms of governance or human rights or anything else.

“I’m asked to single out Israel. When I’m in Israel,  I’m asked to single out Israel; when I’m in the Palestinian Authority, I’m asked to single out Israel; and in half the other places around the world you ask me to single out Israel.”

Harper in a single swipe described the international mindset against Israel more clearly than any Israeli official has ever done.

Netanyahu picked up the beat and stated, “Now, there are two things that I want to puncture, two prevailing myths. Well, one is no longer with us. The first one, which was repeated ad nauseum – you can check if you are a repeater – but until recently, everybody who knew anything about the Middle East explained that the core of the conflict, always in the singular, conflict; the core of the conflict in the Middle East was the Palestinian problem. You remember that?

“Now, today you’d be laughed out of most places…, including the leading campuses in the West – even there – if you argued this, what was accepted as a common, obvious truth…

“The core of the many conflicts of the Middle East is not the Palestinian conflict. But what is the core of the Palestinian conflict itself? And here you have another great myth, and the myth is that the core is basically the settlements. Okay, now mind you the settlements issue, on which Canada has a different position from Israel – I guarantee you, that’s the case, okay? But the core, the settlement issue has to be resolved and will be resolved in a context of peace negotiations. But it is not the core of the conflict. We know that because this conflict raged for half a century before there was a single Israeli settlement, before there was a single Israeli soldier in Judea, Samaria or Gaza.

“This conflict began in 1920, 1921, with the attack on the Jewish immigration depot – murderous attack – in Jaffa. In Jaffa! And it raged on in the attack on the ancient Jewish community of Hebron; it’s been there since, practically unbroken since the time of Abraham – almost 4,000 years.

“And continued in the great attacks by the Palestinians on the Jews here in 1936 to 1939; there were no settlements there. It continued in the rejection of the partition resolution in 1947 that called for a Palestinian state next to – an Arab state actually – next to the Jewish state. There were no settlements. And it continued right up to 1967 when the West Bank, Judea, Samaria, and Gaza were firmly in Arab hands and it was meant to… to do what? To liberate the lands that were already in their hands?…

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.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

12 Responses to “Harper Catches Anti-Israel Media Bias Red-Handed”

  1. If, as Netanyahu said, the so-called "settlements" aren't the core of the problem why does it have to be resolved? This is our inheritance, our birthright. We won it back in a defensive war. It was mandated to us in the Treaty of San Remo. What is it the Israeli government doesn't get?

  2. Also what is Netanyahu talking about? He gave away most of Hebron in the Wye Agreement. We need a leader who Satan what he means and means what he says.

  3. Sue Burstein-Kahn says:

    Was the Satan part a typo???SO right in so many ways, if only we believed in Satan.

  4. Hahaha. It was a typo.

  5. I would like to see Canada replace the US as Israel’s chief patron.

  6. Kevin Young says:

    It very well may happen…

  7. Olive Tree says:

    IN order to give even an inch to the Palestinian argument for a separate state you need to be an expert at ignoring history both ancient and modern. I don't even understand why there is a discussion. History votes for Jordan as the Arab/ Palestinian state of record.

  8. Here;s 'the problem'. Palestinians want it ALL. They like the Iranians want Israel and ALL the Jewish people dead and gone….ZERO!!! That's their bottom line. It's been going on for centuries….nothing new.

  9. Jacques Daniel. Very well written Tvzi Ben Gedalyahu. It is not the settlement it is that they want the whole land of Israel. America is helping the Palestinians by her program saying the 1967 condition.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
President Obama
The Gap between Fairness and Safety: WMDs in Iraq and Iran
Latest News Stories

Several Israelis suffered minor injuries in Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal that killed approximately 1,500 people, but approximately 250 Israelis are not accounted for, according to the Foreign Ministry. Communications systems have been disabled by the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and is the latest in a series of disasters that have […]

Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Bayit Yehudi settles for three Cabinet posts. Shas to head Religious Affairs with Bayit Yehudi as Deputy.

Traffic to Maaleh Adumim

The road from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim is closed to traffic due to Arab stone-throwing.

The officer of a Hareidi IDF unit was in Mea Shearim to visit two of his soldiers whose families have social or financial problems.

A soldier was stabbed, and a second soldier was nearly stabbed in separate attacks on Shabbat.

Three police have been injured in Jerusalem after a car ran into them. The three were walking on the sidewalk when the car slammed into them. The vehicular attack happened on the “Cohen’s Path” near Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives. One is moderately injured with pelvic injuries, and the other two are lightly […]

The airstrip, 10 miles from the Syrian border, could be used for UAV missions against Syrian rebels. Israel also is in range.

Vying for dominance in the WZO election, are movements within our nation which seek to undermine and subvert Orthodox Judaism.

Shira Klein was seriously injured in the April 15th Jerusalem terror attack that killed Shalom Yochai Sherki.

Arab media said several bases with long-range missiles were attacked on Saturday and last Wednesday.

Israel is the 11th happiest nation among 156 countries in the annual World Happiness Report for a second year. USA ranks 15.

New York’s MTA plans to vote on a change to its rules it hopes would allow it to exclude the “Killing Jews” anti-jihad ad campaign.

Biden gleefully announced two of his three Catholic children married Jews – not thrilling his Jewish audience.

In Jerusalem, the bells from 18 churches in the Old City of Jerusalem rang 100 times on Thursday evening, April 23, to remember the Armenian Genocide.

The IDF has come up with an 81-second video showing 67 years of Israeli land, sea and ground soldiers in action.

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Bayit Yehudi settles for three Cabinet posts. Shas to head Religious Affairs with Bayit Yehudi as Deputy.

Remains of the back window of the car driven in Mea Shearim by an officer of a Hareidi IDF unit.

The officer of a Hareidi IDF unit was in Mea Shearim to visit two of his soldiers whose families have social or financial problems.

The airstrip, 10 miles from the Syrian border, could be used for UAV missions against Syrian rebels. Israel also is in range.

Arab media said several bases with long-range missiles were attacked on Saturday and last Wednesday.

All polls show Clinton would win against any Republican, but has she peaked too soon?

Poet Erez Biton, who was awarded the Israel Prize for Literature on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, used the occasion to warn against sponsors of the Boycott Israel movement. “Strident voices are being heard in the world including those who are challenging the very existence of the State of Israel,” he said. “There are even those among them […]

More than 140,000 Israelis scoffed at blustery weather and visited national parks.

Kremlin says the lifting of the ban on selling the anti-missile systems to Iran was only a “political and legal decision.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/harper-catches-anti-israel-media-bias-red-handed/2014/01/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: