In stark contrast to its policy against Jewish immigration in the early 1930s, Canadian Prime Minister Harper embraces Israel wholeheartedly. In his speech, Harper states, “When Israel – the only truly democratic country in the region, and the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack – when Israel is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, we are morally obligated to stand up against that.” Since taking office in 2006, the Conservative Party leader’s government consistently takes strong pro-Israeli positions including leading the fight against global Anti-Semitism, boycotting the UN World Conferences on Racism that lambasted Israel, and in opposing the UN General Assembly recognition of Palestinian statehood.
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