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article imageCanadian government pledges alliance to Israel in video

By Larry Clifton     Jul 17, 2014 in Politics
While relations between the U.S. and Israel have bottomed out under the Obama administration, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper considers Canada the staunchest ally to Israel in the world.
During the ongoing conflict between Hamas of Palestine and Israel, the conservative party of Canada has tweaked relations with the Jewish state to include promoting a You Tube video reiterating its unwavering support of Israel.
At the same time, Pres. Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot seem to agree on much of anything.
Meanwhile, Canadian conservatives have taken the unusual step of posting their pledge of alliance on YouTube for all nations to see. The video titled 'Through Fire and Water' was posted on Wednesday afternoon, and includes clips of the leaders together, recent speeches regarding Israel made by Mr. Harper and foreign affairs Minister John Baird, and a few other recent relevant clips.
To be sure, in the film, the Canadian leaders position Canada as Israel’s staunchest ally in the world in regards to the widening conflict with Hamas of Palestine.
Mr. Harper is the first ever Canadian Prime Minister to address Israel’s Knesset, the equivalent of Parliament. During the address in January the Canadian leader spoke of the strong bond between Israel and Canada, offering his “unflinching support.”
"There must be no moral equivalence between Hamas, a listed terrorist organization, and its blatant disregard for human life, and the liberal democratic State of Israel’s duty and obligation to defend its people from cowardly and indiscriminate attacks," said Mr. Harper.
Mr. Harper rejected the hard line taken by the UN concerning Israeli responses to hundreds of missiles being fired into Israel by Hamas:
"Canada rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s uncalled-for criticism of Israel’s response to rocket attacks from Gaza. Focusing her comments on Israel is neither helpful nor reflective of the reality of this crisis," he said in a statement.
Communications consultant Gerry Nicholls says that “this is typical of the Harper Conservatives.”
"If there's one thing we know about the Conservatives, it's that they are not big on subtlety and this video is a case in point," Nicholls told Yahoo Canada News.
"Using powerful emotional images and words, it hammers home the idea that under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada is Israel's best friend. And what's happening in the Mideast right now only adds more power to Harper's words."
Nicholls said the video is as much a message to Canada's Jewish diaspora as the Israeli government and its people.
"Certainly this video will resonate strongly with Canada's Jewish community but also with the Conservative Party's base, which is pro-Israel," Nicholls said.
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