“We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is,” said Harper. “Of course, like any country, Israel may be subjected to fair criticism. And like any free country, Israel subjects itself to such criticism—healthy, necessary, democratic debate.
“But when Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack—is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand. Demonization, double standards, delegitimization, the ‘3 D’s’; it is a responsibility to stand up to them.”
The AJC quoted Harper as also saying that his country would stand with Israel “whatever the cost.” In one sense, it appears that support has already had a negative impact. Canada failed to secure a temporary seat on the powerful United Nations Security Council in October, with the AJC pointing to opposition from Islamic states as a key reason.
Said AJC Executive Director David Harris in the press release, “We pay tribute to Prime Minister Harper’s stirring words. We were particularly moved by the Prime Minister’s statement that support for Israel cost Canada a seat on the UN Security Council, yet he insists that support will never waver.”
Harris called Harper’s speech “historic,” saying in the press release, “The Canadian leader minced no words in speaking with a remarkable moral courage and clarity that, sadly, is all too rare in today’s world.”
Canada’s government is generally considered friendly to the Jewish state, and during a visit to Canada in late May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took time to publicly praise Harper. In comments posted on the Prime Minister’s Office Web site, Netanyahu called Harper an “unwavering friend of Israel.”
“He’s been a great champion of Israel’s right to defend itself and he stands against all the efforts to delegitimize the Jewish State. We deeply appreciate his support.”
Posted on November 15, 2010
Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, November 11, 2010)
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