Skip to comments.Harper’s Knesset speech was passionate, sincere, and — for the most part — right
Posted on 01/20/2014 10:32:25 PM PST by Squawk 8888
After Stephen Harpers speech to the Knesset, we can perhaps put one idea to rest: the notion that his governments unwavering support for the state of Israel is mere politics, aimed at sewing up the Jewish vote and little else. I have been watching Harper for 20 years. This was Harper to the core, as passionate, sincere and unequivocal as Ive ever seen him. He said it because he meant it. And, by and large, he was right.
Which part of the speech, bluntly worded as it was, would his critics like him to take back? That 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? That Israels right to exist as a Jewish state is absolute and non-negotiable? That many of the hostile forces Israel faces are faced by all Western nations? That a Palestinian state will come when the regimes that bankroll terrorism realize that the path to peace is accommodation, not violence?
And yet the canard is still repeated: that Harper is too close to Israel, that he has forsaken Canadas traditional balanced approach to the Middle East in favour of a one-sided, Israel-right-or-wrong position, that indeed he has made Israels foreign policy our own or if that were not nasty enough, Likuds.
The evidentiary basis for this charge has always seemed thin, unless it is supposed that support for Israel necessarily implies unquestioning, uncritical support. But that is no more true than the reverse: that it is possible to equivocate when Israel is under attack not just the one-sided, Israel-wrong-or-wronger rhetorical sallies of countless UN resolutions, but attacks of the armed, missile-based, children-blown-up-in-pizzerias kind and still support it.
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