Wow, this is just golden. I can listen to it all day! Stephen Harper gets Israel. He says what every Western leader should say. But as we know, they don’t.
Leaders like Stephen Harper
The honesty and strong pro-Israel stand of Stephen Harper is sadly so uncommon. This speech is simple, yet powerful.
“There are, after all, a lot more votes—a lot more—in being anti-Israeli than in taking a stand. But as long as I am prime minister, whether it is at the United Nations, the Francophonie or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost.”
When Harper made this speech, he had little to gain, as only 1 percent of the Canadian population is Jewish. But, as he says so well in his speech on Parliament Hill at a conference on anti-semitism at the start of Holocaust Education Week, “Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tell us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to all of us”.
This speech was made a decade ago, and how true it still rings today.