I mean stand for Israel… but really we are falling for Israel. As many people are aware, Canada is controlled largely by the USA. Less common is the knowledge that the USA is presently largely under the political control of pro-Israel Zionists.
Harper’s manipulative and misleading rhetoric about Israel’s ‘right to defend’ is straight up propaganda.
Anyone familiar with Israel’s land grabs and provocations will know that the violence they propagate with US financed and manufactured weapons is about victimizing those who stand in the way of it’s goal to control large areas of the middle east.
Canada is “morally obliged” to stand up to threats against Israel, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a Jewish audience in downtown Toronto Thursday night as both he and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff sparred over which party is the stronger supporter of democracy in the Middle East.
Opponents who say that Canada has “lost its way” when it comes to its foreign policy are using “code for the view that Canada should go back to being ambivalent about our relationship with Israel and its fundamental right to defend itself,” Mr. Harper said. “Our party will never do that. We will always stand by [Israel].”
Both he and the Liberal leader addressed a sold-out crowd of 1,000 at the event hosted by the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee. It was held at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
The Liberals have a long association with the Canadian Jewish community and, as a defender of Israel, “does not do code,” said Mr. Ignatieff.
“I disagree with Mr. Harper about just about everything,” he said. “We have plenty to disagree upon. We have plenty we can use to run an election campaign on. Let us not run an election campaign on who’s the better support of the state of Israel,” he said.
Both Mr. Harper and Mr. Ignatieff decried anti-Semitism on Canadian campuses, which the Prime Minister said has gained a disturbing foothold in the country’s universities in the form of Israeli Apartheid Week and had become increasingly sophisticated and “intellectually acceptable.”
“This is the time to reaffirm that it is permissible to criticize the state of Israel, but it is impermissible to compare it to South Africa,” Mr. Ignatieff said.
Canada will be “vigilant” in watching the unfolding turmoil in the Middle East, Mr. Harper said, while Mr. Ignatieff said Canada should reaffirm its commitment to Israel’s security and become a global leader in the fight against Middle Eastern dictatorships, like that of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
Threats against the Jewish people and the state of Israel represent threats against Canadian values of freedom and democracy, Mr. Harper said.
“We must be relentless, relentless and uncompromising in exposing this anti-Semitism for what it is,” he said.
“We believe fundamentally that Israel has a right to exist and just as importantly we recognize the conflict around Israel is at its heart and at its core about the refusal of still too many to accept the reality of a Jewish state in the Middle East, but Israel is here to stay.”