Prime Minister Harper’s Moral Clarity on Israel

January 28, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

Last week, I was lucky to be in Israel at the same time as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

It was a sight to behold.He was welcomed like a rock star.

His steadfast support for Israel, and outspoken opposition to rising global anti-Semitism, make him a stand-out among world leaders.

During his visit, Prime Minister Harper became Canada’s first leader to address Israel’s parliament.

He was given a tumultuous ovation.

While his whole speech is well worth reading, here are a few excerpts:

”Canada supports Israel because it is right to do so… It is a Canadian tradition to stand for what is principled and just, regardless of whether it is convenient or popular.”

‘I believe the story of Israel,” he said, “is a great example to the world…”

“Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you [Israel].”

Thank you, Prime Minister Harper, for the courage of your convictions and your moral clarity.

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This is David Harris of AJC.
Date: 1/28/2014 12:00:00 AM