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On Israel


From his conversation with this magazine, the Prime Minister explains his support for Israel.

The Middle East question is more difficult in terms of the opinion of others. I wouldn’t go so far as to say isolated, but it is a difficult position. That said, in my mind, the stakes are very clear, the issue is very clear and the stakes are very important. We all recognize there has to be a two-state solution, but we have in Israel essentially a Western democratic country that is an ally of ours, who’s the only state in the United Nations whose very existence is significantly questioned internationally and opposed by many, including by the other side of that particular conflict—still, to a large degree—and when I look around the world at those who most oppose the existence of Israel and seek its extinction, they are the very people who, in a security sense, are immediate—long-term but also immediate—threats to our own country. So I think that’s a very clear choice. That doesn’t mean there aren’t individual issues that become quite complicated and nuanced, but I think it is important and I will continue to be very clear with other leaders the way I think we should see this problem.

Meanwhile, the NDP met with the Israeli ambassador to discuss the Gaza flotilla.


On Israel

  1. ‘We all recognize there has to be a two-state solution, ‘

    Good, then I expect Harper to vote for recognition of the state of Palestine at the UN in September.

  2. “…and when I look around the world at those who most oppose the existence of Israel and seek its extinction, they are the very people who, in a security sense, are immediate—long-term but also immediate—threats to our own country.”

    John Adams ~ I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations … They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern. 

    FrontPage Magazine – David Horrowitz:

    Most of the Arab countries of the Middle East exclude Palestinians, which is why the Palestinian refugee camps are still filled 63 years after the 1948 war. There were 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab states as a result of that war, but they have all been re-settled in Israel. 

    The head of the Palestine Authority has said no Jews will be allowed to live in the Palestinian West Bank. But there are more than a million Muslim Arabs who are citizens of Israel with more rights than the Arabs of any Arab state. 

    Israel is the only place in the Middle East where an Arab who is gay can live without fear, and the only place where he can march in a Gay Pride parade. There are 57 Muslim countries but not one in which gays can hold gay pride parade.


  3. “You see, on one side there’s white, on the other there’s black, and we choose to ignore the shades of grey in between that complicate the narrative.”

    • What shades of grey?

       “….. ignoring especially the fascist past of Palestinian leader Haj Amin al Husseini, who was not only Grand Mufti of Jerusalem but also Waffen SS recruiter and Nazi propagandist in Berlin.

      The mufti himself escaped to Egypt in 1946. Far from being shunned for his Nazi past, he was elected president of the National Palestinian Council. The mufti was at the forefront of pushing the Arabs to reject the 1948 United Nations partition plan and to wage a “war of destruction” against the fledgling Jewish state. His great admirer, Yasser Arafat, would later succeed him as Palestinian leader.”


      Mario Silva:

      Recent data released by Statistics Canada reported that there has been a 42 per cent increase in hate crimes and just as alarming is the added statistic that there has been a 71 per cent increase in religiously motivated hate crimes targeting the Jewish community.


      •  It’s Palestinian land.

        A little detail right-wingers and bible-thumpers forget.

        • David Horrowitz:

          Israel was not created on any land that belonged to Arabs, let alone “Palestinians.” Israel was created on land that belonged to the Turks for 400 years before the birth of the Jewish State.

          The Arab claim has less justification than the claim of the Iroquois to New York. If one is going to roll back the map 400 years, why not 1,000 or 2,000?

          Even the word “Palestine” is not Arabic. It is Latin. The Romans gave the region around the Jordan the name “Palestine” as a humiliation for the Jews whom they had just conquered nearly 2,000 years ago. 

          The name referred to the Philistines, who were the Jews’ enemies but were not Arabs.  There were no Arabs in the area until 500 years later.


          Tom Flanagan:

          “Canada’s first nations are potentially wealthy landlords, with land reserves totalling nearly three million hectares … This land base represents an economic asset that could make a major contribution to raising first nations’ standard of living …. Defects in first nations property rights exist at two levels. The first level of difficulty is that most first nations do not own their lands;


          • As I said before, stop rewriting history.

      • I’m pretty sure you are here to prove my point.  Thanks!

        • And I am pretty sure you are proving mine …. Thanks!

          • You proved mine first!  Neener.

  4. there will never be a 2 state solution until the terrorists as well as the other Arab countries denounce violence and the intent to destroy the Jewish people and Israel. If I wanted a homeland those two conditions would be very easy to announce.  

    • What other ‘Arab’ countries?  They’re not all Arabs you know.

      And Israel has also threatened to wipe out the Palestinians, so it’s been both groups.

  5. Emily, you are shooting yourself in the foot. You don’t know the history of the land. The Arabs are Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrian, Sudan, Lebanon, ect ect. You also reveal your bigotry in the “bible thumping remark” Even an atheist faces historical truths which have nothing to do with the bible. Nowhere has it been stated that Israel wants to eliminate the Palestinians. Your writing your own history now. Get a grip. This is my last comment to you, you are brainwashed. Best wishes