Harper's honest mistake at the G8 summit

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been very explicit about his support for Israel and its priorities. He has not, as some have argued, done so because of the nefarious influence of the "Israel lobby," but rather because he genuinely sees Israel and Canada as intimately connected through shared values and ideals.

Brent Sasley & Neil Lensink
Published: Wednesday, 06/15/2011 12:00 am EDT

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been very explicit about his support for Israel and its priorities. He has not, as some have argued, done so because of the nefarious influence of the "Israel lobby," but rather because he genuinely sees Israel and Canada as intimately connected through shared values and ideals. As he told a B'nai Brith audience in 2006, "Israel, as a fellow democracy that prefers peace—as true democracies always do—can count on Canada's steadfast friendship, support and encouragement."

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