Elected Prime Minister of Canada three times between 2006 and 2015, Stephen Harper distinguished himself as a strong public voice in support of Israel as it battled Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Under Harper’s leadership, Canada also supported Israel at the UN, including by pulling out of the anti-semitic Durban II Conference. Harper’s support for Israel and willingness to speak frankly about the crimes of Hezbollah and Hamas may have cost Canada a seat on the UN Security Council – a price the principled Harper did not hesitate to pay. Since leaving office Harper was one of the strongest voices outside the U.S. and Israel in supporting the Trump administration’s pro-Israel initiatives. Harper has always been forthright about his evangelical Christian faith.
Do haters of Israel question the legitimacy of any other democratic nation? Of any nation, for that matter? Of course, the answer is “no.” Somehow, they only manage to oppose the Jewish one. The State of Israel has now existed for 70 years. It is one of the freest, most prosperous, most successful nations on earth. Why do I support Israel? Why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t anyone?Stephen Harper
Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the Knesset, on January 20, 2014. At right is former Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Photo credit: Flash 90)
Headshot Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Canada