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Unlikely allies - Israelís new North American friend
Economist ^ | May 27th 2010

Posted on 06/01/2010 7:00:54 PM PDT by nuconvert

THE last time Binyamin Netanyahu visited Canada, in 2002, he had to cancel a stop at a Montreal university after protests turned violent. When Israel’s prime minister meets Stephen Harper, his Canadian counterpart, in Ottawa on May 31st, he can expect a far warmer welcome. While Israel’s relationship with the United States has been strained during Barack Obama’s presidency, its ties with Canada have flourished under Mr Harper. “It is hard to find a country friendlier to Israel than Canada these days,” said Avigdor Lieberman, Mr Netanyahu’s ultranationalist foreign minister, on a trip to Ottawa last year. “No other country in the world has demonstrated such a full understanding of us.”

Mr Harper wasted little time in changing Canada’s traditionally even-handed stance towards the Middle East. One of his first moves as prime minister was to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas’s victory in legislative elections. In July 2006, he called Israel’s controversial pounding of southern Lebanon “measured”. He stood by his words even after seven Canadian civilians and a Canadian UN peacekeeper were killed in the onslaught. Peter McKay, then the foreign minister, explained that “it’s not a difficult choice between siding with a democracy that’s being attacked by terrorists and a group of cold-blooded killers.”

(Excerpt) Read more at economist.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; harper; israel; netanyahu; stephenharper
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1 posted on 06/01/2010 7:00:54 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Good to hear that at least one nation still embraces reason and truth.


2 posted on 06/01/2010 7:02:50 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: nuconvert
Peter McKay, then the foreign minister, explained that “it’s not a difficult choice between siding with a democracy that’s being attacked by terrorists and a group of cold-blooded killers.”

No, it wasn't a difficult choice for Obama either. He'll pick the cold-blooded killers every time, even in his sleep.

3 posted on 06/01/2010 7:03:53 PM PDT by lonevoice (If Fox News is the only outlet reporting it, did it really happen?)
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To: Halgr

Indeed.


4 posted on 06/01/2010 7:05:53 PM PDT by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: nuconvert

I disagree with Canada about their socialized medicine, but I am proud of them for standing up for Israel. Thanks for posting this..Good to know at least one country is standing up for good


5 posted on 06/01/2010 7:07:17 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: nuconvert
Netanyahu and Harper, September 2009.


6 posted on 06/01/2010 7:07:38 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: nuconvert
Good for Canada. Coming through.
7 posted on 06/01/2010 7:07:58 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Thank you PM Harper!

God bless Canada and Israel.


8 posted on 06/01/2010 7:09:20 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Halgr
"Good to hear that at least one nation still embraces reason and truth"

That's the same nation that boos America's National Anthem at hockey games. They can embrace a turd.


9 posted on 06/01/2010 7:10:56 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: fanfan; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks nuconvert.
When Israel's prime minister meets Stephen Harper, his Canadian counterpart, in Ottawa on May 31st, he can expect a far warmer welcome... ties with Canada have flourished under Mr Harper. "It is hard to find a country friendlier to Israel than Canada these days," said Avigdor Lieberman... on a trip to Ottawa last year. "No other country in the world has demonstrated such a full understanding of us." Mr Harper wasted little time in changing Canada's traditionally even-handed stance towards the Middle East. One of his first moves as prime minister was to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas's victory in legislative elections. In July 2006, he called Israel's controversial pounding of southern Lebanon "measured". He stood by his words even after seven Canadian civilians and a Canadian UN peacekeeper were killed in the onslaught. Peter McKay, then the foreign minister, explained that "it's not a difficult choice between siding with a democracy that's being attacked by terrorists and a group of cold-blooded killers."

10 posted on 06/01/2010 7:20:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Harper is a good man. He plays sings and plays the piano very well too. God - I wish he were our President. At least he was born on this continent.


11 posted on 06/01/2010 7:26:03 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: nuconvert

A sensible attitude on Canadas’ part....I’m certain they will change to the opposite course as soon as someone points this out to them.


12 posted on 06/01/2010 7:38:27 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: I see my hands

GFY


13 posted on 06/01/2010 7:46:07 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa
"GFY"

Sure, just as soon as I'm done paying for your defense.


14 posted on 06/01/2010 8:00:04 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: nuconvert

One rhetorical question, where is Senator Lieberman on this ? He has been very silent on 0bama stabbing Israel in the back.


15 posted on 06/01/2010 8:04:21 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: nuconvert

One rhetorical question, where is Senator Lieberman on this ? He has been very silent on 0bama stabbing Israel in the back.


16 posted on 06/01/2010 8:05:21 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: LibFreeOrDie
Oh man oh man oh man. I am really really tempted to return to Canada. I came to the US because of the first class Ronald Reagan, and I am becoming very sorely miffed by increasing level of failure in the White House.


17 posted on 06/01/2010 8:07:12 PM PDT by MarkBsnr ( I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: I see my hands

I didn’t realize we were talking about Hocky here.


18 posted on 06/01/2010 8:17:46 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: nuconvert

I personally think Canada is seeing the hopey changey thing in the US and is, at some level, very concerned.


19 posted on 06/01/2010 8:25:31 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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I personally think Canada is seeing the hopey changey thing in the US and is, at some level, very concerned.

They have every right to be.
20 posted on 06/01/2010 8:39:03 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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