Canada Takes Its Place at the Table

000Originally published by the Jerusalem Post

During a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, an Israeli reporter asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper, “Is Canada paying a price for being so supportive of Israel? Is it possible to support Israel and still have ties to the Arab world?”

This question goes to the heart of what is generally perceived as Israel’s greatest weakness. The Arab boycott of Israel and of countries doing business with Israel has served as one of the most potent weapons in the anti-Israel arsenal for over a generation. Indeed, since the OPEC oil embargo in 1974, it has been the Arabs’ single most powerful weapon in their unceasing campaign for the destruction of the Jewish state.

It was Arab economic bullying that forced African nations to cut their ties with the Jewish state.

It was the Arab use of the oil weapon after the 1973 Yom Kippur War that convinced Western Europe to end its diplomatic support for Israel and throw in with the PLO.

More than anything else, it is the Arab economic boycott of companies that do business with Israel that has eroded Israel’s diplomatic standing over the past two generations and transformed the only human rights respecting democracy in the Middle East into an international pariah.

And yet, under Stephen Harper, as the noose of international isolation is drawn around Israel’s neck more tightly every day, Canada has emerged as an outspoken supporter and defender of the Jewish state.

So in essence, the Israeli reporter’s question to Harper could easily be rephrased as, “Are you crazy?” Harper responded to the question by rejecting its premises – that the Arab world behaves as a bloc, and that standing up for your convictions is a losing proposition when those convictions involve taking unpopular stands.

As he put it, “I wouldn’t want to say there is no price, but my general view of the world is that people respect your view, if you express it appropriately and they understand it’s genuine….The fact of the matter is, Canada has deep relations with many Arab countries…. And frankly [there are] many matters where we probably far more often agree than disagree. So look, I don’t think it’s automatically the view that if you have a particular issue where you disagree, that this needs to rupture relationships irrevocably.”

In other words, what Harper acknowledged was that yes, Canada has lost contracts in some Arab countries due to its support for Israel. But by and large, it hasn’t taken a serious hit.

The obvious follow-up question would have been to ask if Canada gains anything from its support for Israel that can compensate for the economic hits it takes for it.

The answer to that question is yes, Canada, and other countries that support Israel now, when such support is more notable than it was in the past, do gain significantly from their actions. This is true on two levels.

First, economically, Israel is in a far different position than it was 20 years ago. During Harper’s visit, Canada and Israel updated their free trade agreement and signed a number of other agreements enhancing cooperation in multiple fields.

As Netanyahu said, “I think that cooperation makes us both stronger and more prosperous and more secure countries.”

Canada isn’t alone in recognizing the economic potential of good ties with Israel. Consider Norway.

For the past 15 years, Norway has distinguished itself as a trailblazer in the European bid to isolate Israel politically and wage economic warfare against it. Norway was among the first European countries to divest from Israeli companies.

Its trade unions have been leading purveyors of anti-Israel propaganda and economic warfare.

Last fall Norway elected a new conservative government. And under the leadership of Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway is seeking to rebuild its ties with Israel. Just after the election, the Israeli embassy in Oslo hosted a meeting of Norwegian and Israeli businessmen. Norway’s new finance minister is interested in cooperation between Norway’s oil industry and Israel’s new natural gas sector.

Norway’s new minister of culture, Thorhild Widvey, held a workshop for 160 Norwegian television producers with Israeli producers who successfully sold Israeli series to the US market.

Disowning the boycott Israel movement, Widvey said, “We don’t see the boycott as an effective tool to promote positive change.”

Today, the economies of the Arab world are collapsing. Fracking technologies are lowering demand for Middle Eastern oil. Political instability is drying up foreign investment and tourism.

And local universities are incapable of producing graduates able to function in the global economy.

As a consequence, the Arabs’ capacity to intimidate governments into rejecting the economic benefits Israel has to offer is steadily decreasing.

Israel’s ability to compensate for potential loss of Arab business is not the main reason why supporting Israel helps Canada. Far more importantly for Canada, support for Israel gives Ottawa a say in global affairs. Canada today has the power to shape the global agenda to a degree it never had before.

Until Harper came along, Canada’s foreign policy was mainly characterized by Ottawa’s enthusiasm for all UN-related things. But Canada’s involvement in the UN never bought it a place at the table.

Down south in Washington, to the extent anyone thought about Canada at all outside the contexts of oil, beer and hockey, it was considered a run-of-the-mill NATO ally which occasionally expressed mild hostility to US power.

Under Harper’s leadership, Canada has become a player in the global arena for the first time. And this achievement owes in large part to his decision to support Israel.

Since the US became the leader of the free world at the end of World War II, several of its loyal allies built up their international position by exerting moral leadership and so convincing – through inspiration or shame – Washington to follow their example.

Britain is the prime example of this model.

Both Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher won Britain a place at the table by staking out moral and strategic positions on Communism and other issues that the US was unable to reject without openly breaking with its own interests and stated goals.

Israel has also managed to stake out a position on the global stage – currently on the issue of Iran’s nuclear weapons program – by pointing out the contradictions between the US’s national interest of cultivating a stable Middle East and its current policy of mollycoddling the mullahs in Tehran while facilitating their nuclear weapons program.

By standing with Israel, Canada is filling a part of the leadership vacuum that the Obama administration has created by stepping away from the US’s responsibilities as the leader of the free world. From the G8 to the UN and beyond, Canada’s support for Israel has enabled Ottawa to influence US and European policy to a degree it never has before.

Canada’s enhanced moral stature was demonstrated this week with UNESCO’s abrupt decision to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish people’s 3,500-year history in the Land of Israel that was scheduled to open at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters on Sunday.

Canada, Israel and Montenegro co-sponsored the exhibition which was organized jointly by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and UNESCO.

On January 9, the US rejected the Wiesenthal Center’s request for US co-sponsorship.

Kelly Siekman, director of the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the State Department wrote, “At this sensitive juncture in the ongoing Middle East peace process, and after thoughtful consideration with review at the highest levels, we have made the decision that the United States will not be able to co-sponsor the current exhibit during its display at UNESCO headquarters.”

In other words, the Obama administration opted to reject the historical fact that the Jews are the indigenous people of the Land of Israel in order to promote a peace process with the PLO, which, like the Arab world in general, rejects historical fact in its bid to delegitimize with the aim of destroying the Jewish state.

Five days after Siekman rejected the Wiesenthal Center’s request, the Arab members of UNESCO wrote a letter to UNESCO President Irina Bokova demanding that the exhibition be canceled in the interest of the peace process. Bokova quickly bowed to their will, in the interest of the peace process.

While the administration was quick to condemn UNESCO’s decision, it was left stuttering when the media discovered that UNESCO’s actions were of a piece with the administration’s own policy decision.

The administration’s embarrassment at this revelation was exponentially amplified by the fact that its duplicity, hypocrisy and preference for political expedience over historical facts came to light while Harper was in Israel, since unlike the Obama administration, the Harper government did co-sponsor the canceled exhibition.

Harper emerged from the UNESCO affront to the historical record as an unrivaled force of conscience and as a moral leader on a world stage populated by opportunists, at best. His position served as a warning to the US that its sacrifice of truth on the altar of the peace process will not go unnoticed.

Canada, it should be noted, is not the only country whose support for Israel is distinguishing it as a moral leader and facilitating its rise to a position of global influence. Australia’s new center-right Liberal government is also making a name for itself by rejecting anti-Israel nostrums that have become accepted wisdom despite the fact that they are based on lies.

For years, the false Arab claim that Israeli communities beyond the 1949 armistice lines are illegal under international law has gone unchallenged.

But last week, Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop dropped a bombshell when, in an interview with The Times of Israel, she broke from the consensus of mendacity saying, “I would like to see which international law has declared them illegal.”

Statements by Australian foreign ministers seldom receive global coverage. But Bishop’s did.

And the more outspoken Australia is in its support for Israel and rejection of the discourse of lies that characterizes the discussion of Israel, the more attention Australia will get and the more influential it will become on the world stage.

Like Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Harper’s decision to support Israel is rooted in his most deeply held convictions about right and wrong. There is nothing opportunistic about his policy.

It is therefore wonderful and empowering that by staying true to his beliefs, Harper is also transforming Canada into a force to be reckoned with on the global stage. Moreover, he is setting an example that will likely be followed by more and more countries, as the benefits of his embrace of Israel become widely recognized.

Caroline Glick’s new book, 
The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, is due out on March 4.

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  • robins111

    I really don’t think that the major objective of PM Harpers support for Israel is to position himself at the diplo table.. I rather expect he’s doing it because its the right thing to do..

    Probably the best thing that could happen to Harper would be an attempted economic backlash against Canada by the OPEC nations.. That would ensure that all Canadians would climb on board his initiatives. Because no Canadian likes a bully and frankly most are pretty dubious of islamic countries. Any attempt to threaten us with an oil embargo will be met with contemp as were are largely self supporting in energy.. Possibly they could embargo hummus..

    • carpe diem 36

      canada’s position in the world is the good dividend of doing what is right.

    • Edward

      ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

      Anti-Whites say there should be no White Countries✓

      Anti-Whites say there should be no White Towns✓

      Anti-Whites say there should be no White Neighborhoods✓

      Anti-Whites say there should be no White Anything✓

      Anti-Whites say there should be no White People✓

      Immigration = Colonization – “Diversity” = Fewer White Children

      “Multiculturalism” = WHITE GENOCIDE

      Anti-racist is a >codeword< for anti-White

      • tickletik

        So then you intend to head back to Europe?

        How about insisting on a standard of behavior that works instead of relying on genetic potential?

      • BagLady

        What exactly is white?

        • defcon 4

          MuhamMAD, the world’s most perfect man.

    • itaintmojo

      American Jews would be wise to wake up, as did Canadian Jews, and swing over to conservative. Jews in the states still have no clue, that the vast majority of Jew hatred comes from liberals. American Jews never give conservatives a chance. They voted for O’Liar twice, and they even voted for losers like Mondale, Kerry, and Dukakis.

  • The Facts

    As is so often the case, Ms. Glick overestimates her kingmaking ability. It is amusing though that all Harper had to do to curry favor was to serenade Netanyahu with the extremely poor choice of titles, “Hey Jude.” It is as much an overreach to presume Harper is trying to be treated to Israeli viceroyalty as it is that he will read this article and be flattered.

    • reader

      Well, I can safely say that you are unhappy with Ms. Glick, and both PMs – in all likelihood because you don’t like the Jews. Beyond that, it is impossible to make any sense out of this incoherent rant filled with a few non sequiturs.

      • logdon

        As in what the blazes does this mean?

        ‘It is as much an overreach to presume Harper is trying to be treated to
        Israeli viceroyalty as it is that he will read this article and be
        flattered’.

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          Leftards never make any sense. It’s part of being a leftard.

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          “reader” is a leftard.

          • logdon

            And by association an anti-semite.

          • BagLady

            I see logical math and calculus were not your strong point at school, logdon, liberalism and many many more I could jab with a sharp pen on this site. I was a total duffer at school but even I caught up later on with a bit of basic study and thought.
            Lesson One: If A = B and B = C, does a = C?

            As I see it, on this site, the majority have a problem with B, which seems to be a state based on blinkered, emotional and, dare I say it, fear of being seen as slightly left-leaning rather than logical analysis.

            Example: Harper is pro Israel. The Facts questions his motives. The Facts must be anti-semite.

          • logdon

            And it seems that seeing with your own eyes isn’t your strong point BL.

            Instead of your dry calculation try looking.

          • BagLady

            Whether you look with your own eyes or use blindfolded mathematical calculation, the governments’ (most of them) argument that less facilities to deal with a growing population, operating on a lower budget and dependent on an evermore ill-educated workforce, will produce better results contravenes all natural laws known to man.

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Oops I meant to say “The Facts” not “reader” is a leftard. Sorry about that.

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Funny you name yourself “The Facts.” You didn’t mention a single fact in your diatribe. Unhappy with life? Got some delussion that Jews control the world? Just the usual leftard brand of mockery. When you can’t state any facts just sling mud at your opponent!!

      • BagLady

        It is becoming ever easier to see who controls the world. The one percent are draining the last few cents from the 99% and we have the technology to trace and identify them. Granted they weave wicked webs to hide their wealth but with a little endeavour ……

        • Tam

          I knew it was coming, the sound of tinfoil being unrolled…

        • defcon 4

          How much wealth does the oil caliphate have Fatima? Maybe we should start by annihilating the islamofascist petrostates and free up some real cash.

          • BagLady

            I thought that’s what y’all had been doing for the past few decades.

        • Debbie G

          So now all Occupy Wallstreeters hate Jews? That’s a pretty big assumption.

          • BagLady

            Et tu? Another who doesn’t know her calculus. Even I know a few names in the 1% and they are a mixed bunch. The fact that I’m against monopolization by the few has nothing to do with Jews.

            As far as unrolling the tin foil is concerned, I hope you mean revealing the tracks of the gravy train and chucking an huge number of the free-loading passengers off.

          • Debbie G

            You responded to a comment about Jews about controlling the world, and you implied in your answer that you agree with this. Maybe you should re-read your post.
            So jump in your environmentally approved shopping bag, hop into your shopping cart. and roll yourself into a deep lake.
            Wow, Latin and calculus. I am so very impressed.

          • BagLady

            Latin is usually taught in 8th grade and calculus available in the 12th. Don’t be impressed, I’m no good at either.

            You are right about the environmental bags, though no cart. I also have a cold bag with a nice zipper. It’s blue. Quel horreur, blue? I must change it immediately for a red one if I’m to live up to the distorted picture of myself.

      • SoWhat78

        Are you saying “jews” don’t control hollywood? The Fedral Reserve? High Finance? U.S. Foreign Policy? Are you saying “jews” have no influence in these areas?

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          Don’t know if Jews control any of the things you mentioned. Do you? If so prove it. Sounds delluded imaginary enemies that you’ve made up.

        • defcon 4

          Sony Pictures is controlled by Jews eh? Don’t look now, but your Jew hating delusions are showing Ahmed.

    • BagLady

      Harper is following the money

  • carpe diem 36

    as we can all see the USA is governed by a scarecrow, a eunuch of a president who has and never had a backbone or a moral stand. too bad that he is reducing the USA to a third world power, a true Banana Republic, a position that disgraces all of the good citizens of this country. I am ashamed that we have such a person without character and without a moral compass to lead us to he!!.

    • BagLady

      Inside gossips don’t give good odds for his marriage lasting much beyond his presidency, though that’s just gossip.

  • Canadianpatriot

    As an individual Canadian I have repeatedly urged Mr. Harper to support Israel, and I have never been more proud of my country by his vocal and material support of Israel. I am not a Jew. I support Israel because it is the only civilized country in a sea of barbarians, and because Israel is unfairly criticized by most of the world. Islam has declared war on the west, indeed on all of the non-Islamic world as the evidence of history clearly shows. Most Canadians are not aware that Muslim slavers raided Newfoundland to capture slaves, and that the blood of those who were not murdered lingers in the blood of Middle-eastern Muslims. As long as Israel exists, Islam will never give it peace. We are at war, people, and it’s time to decide who the good guys are and support them in every way possible from Islamic predation.

    • Higlac

      In fact, Islam will never give peace, recognition and respect to ANYBODY AND ANYTHING “un-Islamic”!!!! Moslems see us ALL as “filthy, stupid, immoral infidels” deserving of nothing but slavery, death or FORCIBLE conversion. They declared war upon ALL our forefathers 1400 years ago, and a war to the death at that!!!

      Long live Israel – and we should cease ALL ties with any and all Moslem countries!!! All Westerners in such nations should be recalled home at once, followed by the complete eviction of all Moslems from the West. Afterwards, let ALL commercial, diplomatic, cultural, humanitarian and other ties be permanently cut off with the Islamic world: let them live or starve BY THEMSELVES!!! Not ONE PENNY more to them until at least 200 years after they ALL renounce Islam completely and permanently…

      • BagLady

        I believe that America would collapse (even further) should Muslim countries pull their money out of your system. Silly boy.

        • Higlac

          Not when ALL Moslem wealth in the West is confiscated (which for the most part it ought to be!). Even if the West suffers a collapse, it STILL in the long run will be enormously better once the Moslem tumours are removed from its physique!!!

          • defcon 4

            Deport muslimes, outlaw their faith and seize their assets. Treat the islam0nazis the way they treat the najjis kaffir in their various islam0fascist hellholes.

          • BagLady

            Are you wearing spurs?

          • defcon 4

            Are you wearing a head bag? Or is that only for public appearances?

        • defcon 4

          Gee is an economic collapse preferable to living under the totalitarian, intolerance of Sharia law? I don’t know Fatima Al Baghead, do you?

    • Silver Garcia

      As a Canadian lI am proud of Pm Harper because the insane Jew/Israel hating left hate him. Living in the Pays de Quebec where English is a cancer, talking to enough people ( about 40 ), there is not much conflict with what PM Harper did despite the left wing jackasses in our worthless media write. But what angers people is the 65$ million promised to these Muslim savages, bringing the cumulative amount to $300 million. Our worthless media mention this in passing but focus on Harper with Bibi, etc. Gutless weasels are Canadian journalists

      • itaintmojo

        And i noticed the comments section in Canadian papers had tons of Jew hate during Harper’s visit.

        The 66 mill they gave kept Abu Mazen’s trap shut. I wonder how much out of that will end up in his Swiss bank account?

        • Tam

          The comment sections were crazy. We do get a certain amount of it, but this trip really got the anti-Semetic far left foaming.

          • itaintmojo

            It foams a lot all year long Al Jazeera commenters are very hateful. Irish publications have rude comments. It’s all due to poor education in one way or another. Properly educated people don’t hate as easily.

      • BagLady

        “But what angers people is the 65$ million promised to these Muslim
        savages, bringing the cumulative amount to $300 million. Our worthless
        media mention this in passing but focus on Harper with Bibi, etc.
        Gutless weasels are Canadian journalists”

        Do tell. What is this $300million and where exactly is it going?

    • BagLady

      “Most Canadians are not aware that Muslim slavers raided Newfoundland to capture slaves”

      Good grief, had Africa run out?

      You’d have to be a bit desperate to raid Newfoundland for anything other than fish.

      • soloman

        Search for “barbary pirates”

        • BagLady

          I shall indeed. Thank you for the lead.

          I thought it came out of an Annie Proulx novel.

  • Niels Thyge Riisgaard

    Uplifting news that Canada is breaking the ice which has isolated little, brave Israel. My own country’s position since the socalled oilcrisis makes me sad.

    • BagLady

      “Isolated”? “breaking ice”? Israelis freely travel the globe and do so in great (noisy) numbers. Israeli produce is in every supermarket from here to Kingdom Come. I see no isolation, past, present nor future.

      • defcon 4

        But they don’t freely travel to at least a few of the wonderful, islam0fascist states of the Mid-East and especially not Soddy Barbaria.

        • BagLady

          They don’t soddy want to.

          How far can a Palestinian (resident or ‘ex-pat’) businessman travel legally? Europe? US? Not a chance. Africa, and parts of South America, and that’s about it. They too would like the opportunity of visiting trade fairs and buying tractors and engine parts.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    A welcome sign, most especially because it is Canada and Australia,
    nations that possibly most patriotic Americans find appealing as
    proxies for the leadership that we long for but presently lack.
    Maybe, after 2014 or 2016 America can march to what was once our own
    drumbeat and join with Canada, Australia and any other nation with
    the courage to act on readily available and obvious facts rather than
    run with the clueless crowd being herded by the Muslim influenced
    propaganda and fear mongering that permeates in the west. That’s if
    the majority of America’s electorate awake to the reality of what
    their complacency, gullibility and unflattering obtuseness has
    wrought. For those who’ve yet to wake from their stupor, after 5
    years of his “rule,” it should be obvious; Obama is not the
    Messiah or the man who’ll “heal” the great hoax of the
    alleged, endemic American racism or the very real partisan divide or
    the lingering economic malaise, a.k.a. “recovery.” He is quite
    obviously self obsessed, prone to lie, bows to certain foreign
    influences, is more pomp and bluster than substance and intransigent.
    He represents a dangerous trend in American politics because of his
    defiance of the U.S. Constitution, which he swore to uphold, protect
    and defend, his appointment of known radicals to positions of
    influence in his administration, his end runs around Congress with a
    growing list of Executive Orders, and his blatant obfuscation and
    stonewalling of congressional oversight concerning what he laughably
    calls “phony scandals.” None of which has a damn thing to do with
    his race or the color of his skin but everything to do with his
    character and his apparent dislike for much of what it means to be an
    American.

  • wileyvet

    Thank you Ms. Glick for spotlighting our Prime Minister. I do feel proud of our government’s stance in providing the moral clarity that was so part of our country during and following the Second World War, and then somehow seemed to have lost our understanding of what is right and wrong. I personally stand with Israel. I make it a point to read and study the history of the Jewish people and their magnificent contribution to the history and betterment of the world. I also am well versed in the history of Israel and its conflicts, thus making me even more committed to her well being. Also I purchase Israeli made products, both here in Canada and directly from Israel, and donate to charities when I can. Israel can be proud of her accomplishment, and Canada can likewise be proud of our friendship.

    • BagLady

      True, Israel should rightly be proud of her accomplishments but I don’t know why we should take “sides”. Is it inconceivable that we can wish both Israelis and Palestinians well in their quest for statehood and pray for an equitable solution, vain though that hope is.

      • defcon 4

        Pray to who Fatima? Allah, the Jew hating psychopath?

        • BagLady

          Whomever your god may be defcon. Not sure he will approve of your knife wielding views unless you create him in your own image.

          • defcon 4

            Allah certainly would. After all killing the najjis kaffir is a holey act in islamic theology.

          • BagLady

            then join his following then. Other than that, I can only think of Thor as a suitable god for your philosophy on problem solving.

      • Debbie G

        “….wish..Palestinians well in their in their quest for statehood…”
        Shall we also “wish them well” in their main objective which is to destroy Israel? You’re right, there is no equitable solution, and you can blame the Palestinians for that.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Not to ruin anyone’s party, but if Israel absorbs Judea and Samaria, making both part of “Greater Israel,” how long will Israel retain its status as a majority Jewish country? Wouldn’t such incorporation reduce the percentage of Jews in Israel to about 62%(from its current level of 76%)? I have the greatest respect for Caroline Glick; her achievements take a back seat to no one. But she says that the demographic argument is phony; I’m not so sure.

  • Bob Almighty

    He strides the puny globe like a collossus

  • SoCalMike

    Prime Minister Harper is a true statesman unlike the bimbo in chief we suffer under here in the US thanks to a majority of mass-media driven mentally and socially conformed voters.

  • SoCalMike

    Too bad Caroline Glick can’t run for president here in the US.
    Sadly the Republicans are too spineless and stupid to run her even if she could.
    I confess I vote for stupid cowards because the alternative is dangerous brainwashed religious zealots conditioned to worship the government as god.

  • SoWhat78

    Mr. Harper is just one more politician who allows himself to be bought by the world jewish lobby. Of course, revealing the dangers of the Jewish lobby is considered “anti-semitism” by Ms.Glick and Mr. Horowitz. According to Ms. Glick, Mr. Horowitz and their fellow jewish supremacists, jews have never done anything wrong, and they never have contributed to “anti-semitism”. Ms Glick and Mr. Horowitz, you identify as Jews, and you are opposed to Jews engaging in self-reflection. Why is that? You have no problem criticizing other religious and cultural groups besides Jews. How come, in your world, Jews cannot be criticized?

    • itaintmojo

      Why should any Jew be expected to slam Israel? We have you, and millions like you for that. There is no shortage of Jewish dissenters. We have Chomsky, and Finkelstein, and a whole Israeli Newspaper called Haaretz to bash Israel. Good, honest, and beautiful people like Caroline Glick do not need to be among them.

      • SoWhat78

        Nice straw man argument there. I never said there are no critics of Israel or that there is a shortage of them, jewish or not. I’m talking about the organized jewish mindset, embodied by Ms. Glick and Mr. Horowitz, which absolutely refuses, under any circumstances, to engage in any kind of self-reflection, especially concerning why jewish history has been a constant record of “anti-semitism” and “shoah” after “shoah” after “shoah”. Then again, a wiser man than me once said, “there’s no business like $hoah business”.

        Also, your comment about Haaretz speaks volumes. They are at least partially honest about Israel and that is “bashing”. Wow.

        • itaintmojo

          Haaretz is more than “partially” honest. They can be downright Anti Israel. My point was to say at least Israelis are willing to allow real freedom of press, even if it criticizes Israel, where as you won’t find a similar publication for most Arab nations whose press would tow the government line. Ms Glick and her mindset are both right on for me!

          • BagLady

            Israeli journalists being “downright anti Israel” is hardly believable. Perhaps Haaretz has a different view of a future Israel than the one envisioned by Netayahu that clearly demands the removal of all other than Jews.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Say what?

          • itaintmojo

            Again, my point was fairly basic, in that in Israel, there is freedom of the press to critic Israel. Haaretz does that daily. In neighboring countries, not so much if at all. Yet Israel is singled out as the neighborhood bully.

          • defcon 4

            Maybe you should look in a mirror Fatima. Your fellow muslime brethren have made the rest of the Mid-East and N. Africa judenrein, incl. Gaza., where not one synagogue stands.

          • Debbie G

            Bibi is really going to have a hard time getting rid of all those Muslims who love living there….
            http://www.middle-east-info.org/gateway/arabsinisrael/index.htm

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          You’re just a loser bud. Leftards are losers though. The words leftard and loser are synonomous. I mean you’ve expressed your hatred towards Jews in your last comment because you apparently perceive them as adept capitolists and we all know capitolism is a no no to leftards. Let me guess you’re a barista or a bike mechanic living in a gross apartment in the inner city. I knew a jewish woman once who worked her behind off working as a nurses assistant at the hospital. She knew nothing of banking, investing or exploitation. She knew how to work a 12 hour shift cleaning up people who s— themselves though. I bet you sit on the couch all day smokin dope with what little earnings you have. You have no savings and no future so u externalise you hatred on one of the smallest groups of people in the world. who have done so much for the world and you’re JEALOUS. Dude you’re a loser.

          • SoWhat78

            Nothing screams I’ve lost this argument and have no facts to rebut,than a response like yours with ad hominem attacks. Way to tap out there bud! Ha! I must be getting in your head! LOL!

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            What argument?? I was merely commenting on your comments. now you’re not only a loser but you’re a complete lunatic!! No you’re not getting in my head but rarher proving your insanity whilst proving nothing else. good job.

          • Tam

            Where did this guy come from?

          • SoWhat78

            When did I say anything negative about capitalism? What’s your problem with bike mechanics or baristas? Are those not honest livings? If you are so pro-capitalism, why are you denigrating honest professions? I like capitalism. I just have a problem with jewish supremacist, zio-banksters like Goldman Sachs destroying our economy. The destruction caused by zio-banksters and zio-gangsters doesn’t mean capitalism is necessarily flawed, though.

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Zio banksters and zio gangsters?? LMAO!! Goldman Sachs has a Jewish sounding name but virtually nobody at the top is Jewish. GS may be a large financial instotution but in the global picture they are a drop in the bucket

          • SoWhat78

            So, Lloyd Blankfein is not jewish?

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            So you are a barista or a bike mechanic?? Which is it??

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “I like capitalism. I just have a problem with jewish supremacist, zio-banksters like Goldman Sachs destroying our economy.”

            I would too, it it happened. What did I miss?

        • Tam

          Troll be gone!

        • defcon 4

          The “wiser man than” you still had a room temperature IQ.

      • BagLady

        Oh please. Not the weeping victim again. “dissenters”? What’s wrong with the word criticism? Of course, if you can’t take it….

        • itaintmojo

          I’m not weeping, and I’m not going to stop pointing out the unfairness. There is nothing wrong with any word. Its how the words are used, and their intent.

    • Silver Garcia

      Ignorant Idiot. Your photo of your hero Van Damme descends from Jews on his father’s side. You are a moron. Go crawl under your filthy rock.

      • SoWhat78

        Ignorant idiot, unlike you, I don’t view “jews” as a race or ethnicity. What you have in common with Nazis is that you do. When has Van Damme identified as a jew?

        Thanks for proving my point. Just for suggesting that the organized jewish community should engage in honest self-reflection stirs up such an infantile reaction in you. Why is that?

        • itaintmojo

          Jews reflect tenfold more than any of their oppressive neighbor’s regimes do. Singling out Israel for critic over and before them is agenda based. I would not think you an ignorant idiot. But I would suspect that you were raised with people who hated Jews, or something close to that. Why else would you pick on them before truly oppressive countries? Its the trust you placed in the education you received that has you where you are today. Your mindset is the narrow one because the education you accepted as fact,, and you might stop and think of that before talking about the author’s mindset.. .

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Ummm. SoWhat78 clearly is an ignorant, stupid, uneducated, racist scumbag!!

          • itaintmojo

            I agree, but denigration, and dismissive insults are liberal traits for the most part, to which I try and not stoop to.

          • SoWhat78

            I’m not “picking” on Israel, jews etc. nor am I saying that Israel is the only evil country in the world. I’m merely subjecting Israel and “jews” to criticism. Other religious, ethnic, and racial groups are subjected to criticism. Why can’t one criticize Israel and jews and not be labeled an “anti-semite”?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Legitimate criticism is based on facts and a desire to find some objective truth. Your criticism fails in those regards.

          • itaintmojo

            At least be true to yourself. Read your own comments for this article. I don’t even use anti-semite. Not all Semites are Jews. I call it Jew hatred.

            We don’t know each other. I won’t assume you hate Jews or dislike them. I can look at your comments and hold you accountable for your words. There is no balance of fairness in your critic.

            An unrelated example: BDSers like to call the walls Israel erected “Apartheid walls”. When they say that without including the walls were erected to keep out suicide bombers and the like, and that suicide bombing has been greatly reduced since their erection, than I can fairly conclude that the one who said “apartheid walls”, and nothing else, is not using fairness in relating information.

            I just don’t understand how someone who slams Israel, before slamming the vicious cruelty of all of its neighbor countries. So I admit, once someone shows me that, like you did, I begin to look at the possibility that you may not be fond of Jews. Jew hating Jews are a tiny minority, so you can not claim to be neutral towards jews if the only Jews you appreciate are Jew hating jews. The majority of Jews believe in, and are proud of Israel.

            You have no empathy or understanding for what we have been through. This comes through in the name you chose for yourself. If not by you, Jews have most certainly been hated, and persecuted through time. By now we have a defensive mechanism to anyone insensitive to that. Jews world wide live with that knowledge, sometimes not being able to discern who the haters are. Its not whining to point that out. Armenians got wiped out by Turks mostly for being Christian. Coptic Christians in Egypt have been suffering the same fate at the hands of Sharia Muslims. If you try and rationalize or justify to an Armenian, or a Copt, why they deserved to be slaughtered, then they will put up a defense mechanism as well. Israel is not perfect, but they are the good guys in this mess, surrounded by barbaric haters who want them destroyed. You seem to side with the bad guys.

          • defcon 4

            Israel as an “evil” country. To whom? The Jew hating islam0nazis? The other delusional Jew haters of the world? Why is Israel “evil” again Ahmed?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Jews reflect tenfold more than any of their oppressive neighbor’s regimes do.”

            Try thousandfold. Or more.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Just for suggesting that the organized jewish community should engage in honest self-reflection stirs up such an infantile reaction in you.”

          It’s the delusional and malicious way that you make your suggestions.

          Sure, no self-reflection among Jews or Israelis. You really are stupid.

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          Huh?

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          Do you self reflect everyday? I hope so. Ask yourself this when you self reflect ,”Why am I so crazy? Why does nothing that I say make any sense? Why do I work in a bike shop?” Get back to me ASAP. Thanks

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          Do you self reflect everyday? I sure hope so!!

      • BagLady

        TROLL:
        Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one
        or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because
        it’s the internet and, hey, you can.

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      What Jewish lobby? Sounds like myth. Prove it exists if you can. Where would Mr. Harper hide the money from the bribe? Isn’t it a crime to take bribes? Do you think Mr. Harper would participate in any bribery and/or crime. I think not. Oh by the way you didn’t “reveal the dangers of the Jewish Lobby.” Why? Because you are a dellusional leftard and the Jewish Lobby doesn’t exist that’s why!! But the real question is why would anybody on Earth be opposed to Jews living in Israel after being there for 3,500 years? Are you crazy or just miserable about your own position in life? Please reply ASAP. Only reply though if you can prove even a morsel of the existence of the Jewish Lobby, prove that Harper was bribed and give one good reason why Jews shouldn’t live in their homeland, Israel. Thanks leftard. Looking forward to your response

      • SoWhat78

        You’re denying there’s a jewish lobby?!?!?!? No wonder you have to respond with personal attacks. You have no facts to back you up! Are you familiar with AIPAC?!?!?!?!? Are you saying AIPAC has no influence on our political system? Who were the main promoters and designers of the Iraq war that this website heavily promoted? It’s the same people who are trying to push us into war with Iran. Neo-con zionist, Jews! Are you saying people like Perle, Wolfowitz, and Feith and AIPAC had or have no influence on American foreign policy? By the way, when was the lad head of the fed who was not Jewish? Are you aware of Stanley Fischer? He’s high up in the Fed. Not only is he Jewish, but he’s a heavy zionist who has DUAL citizenship! Is that not outrageous?

        How is Israel home to today’s “jews”. Ashkenazi “jews” make up most of Israel’s population. Science has shown that these people have little to no ties to ancient Israel. Their ties are to Europe. What evidence do you have that these people are descended from judea?

        Please respond with actual facts. I know it’s hard to do when you arguments are being completely destroyed by actual facts and evidence, but you might make yourself look a little less of an idiot.

        By the way, it’s funny that you accuse me of being a “leftard” when you unconditionally defend organized Jewry, and it’s hypocritical leftism for other countries that it refuses to adopt in israel. The attitude of organized jewry is “leftism for thee, but not for me” and you’re defending them? You’re confused. Just whose side are you on?

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          Didn’t deny that there is a Jewish lobby. Simply asked you to prove which you haven’t done to any degree. It’s Iran that is pushing for war you crazy moron.

          • SoWhat78

            Do you ever offer any facts to back up your hysterical and infantile assertions and ad hominem attacks? How old are you? 12?

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Hysterical. Oh no I’m hysterical!! You’re the hysterical one LMAO!! What assertions?? You’re nuts buddy!!

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Um hey bud I neer denied that there is a Jewish lobby. I asked you to prove that there is one . You take this as an opportunity to call me a liar. Again… You’re crazy.

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Oops I did deny that the Jewish lobby exists. My bad!!

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “What Jewish lobby?”

            There is no “Jewish lobby” but there are lobbyists associated with Israel, and other organizations some people associate with Jews.

            So WTF are you talking about?

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          The fact that Stanley Fischer is high up in the fed, is Jewish and has dual citizenship is irrelevant not outrageous! Maybe Jews are just good at managing money. I hear they’re also pretty good at science. Does that make you fume?

        • reaader

          How’s Israel home to the so-called “Palestinian refugees” who were born elsewhere?

      • SoWhat78

        Just a simple question. How is Israel the homeland for “jews” born in Europe? What is your historical evidence for your assertion? The Bible?

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          How was Israel born in Europe? Sounds crazy bud

          • SoWhat78

            Do you just misrepresent what others say because you know you suck at debate? Please show me evidence that the homeland of ashkenazi “jews” is ancient Israel and not Europe. What is your basis for this assertion?

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            I suck at debate? I didn’t know we were debating anything. Just like you imagine that evil Jews control the world and are leading us towards war I think you may have accidentally imagined that we are in a debate. Are you saying that Israel is actually part of Europe?? That’s a relief.

          • defcon 4

            How is Israel the homeland to muslime Arabs?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          It’s the homeland of their ancestors. The same way that France is the cultural homeland for French Americans.

          Maybe we should stop blocking French Americans from entering politics in America.

        • Tam

          Here we go…buddy you are too predictable. I can predict (and have heard) everything you write before you post it.

        • defcon 4

          How is the Temple Mount holey for scuzzlums again? After all they have two holier sites, why do they need a third?

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Forgot to ask one other important question: what other politicians have been bought by the Jewish lobby?? And forgot to mention being anti-semitic or anti-zionist or whatever you leftards call it makes you a total SCUMBAG. Denying people to live in there homeland should be a crime similar to treason and punishment should be severe in my opinion. What do you think of that lefty?

      • SoWhat78

        Mark Kirk, Lindsey Graham, John McCain are just three. Need I go on? Do you want to be humiliated even more?

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          You’re humiliating yourself dum dum!! What proof do you have that these politicians were bought??

          • SoWhat78

            Look up the records of these and other politicians. If you want to deny that the Jewish lobby has a huge influence on congress and other aspects of government, go ahead, but reality does not agree with you.

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            What records? You mean that these politicians have disclosed that they’ve been bought by Jews? Sounds crazy but just about everything you say sounds crazy

          • objectivefactsmatter

            The “Jewish lobby” is minuscule on contrast with the Arab-OPEC-Islamic oil lobby.

            The reason congress generally supports Israel is because Americans with a moral compass support Israel, and intelligent people that understand their importance as an ally do as well.

            What about that UK lobby? Bas-tards.

          • defcon 4

            That “huge influence” doesn’t seem to extend to Israel though, because the scum in the District of Corruption has been trying to give away Israeli territory to the islam0fascists at every turn.

      • SoWhat78

        So, it seems you are now suggesting punishment for thought crime. And you’re saying I’m the oppressor? Why do you keep saying I’m a lefty? Since when is it “conservative” to unconditionally support another nation besides America? Then again, you have no facts. That’s why you can’t do anything but resort to infantile ad hominem attacks. How leftist of you.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Hey dumbass, did you know that nations some times have strategic allies?

    • Habbgun

      The Left has no moral right to decide anything about Israel and Palestinians. Nobody has more Asian, African and South American blood on its hands then the left. National Socialism was leftist. The injection of European socialist ideas into other cultures has been a disaster. Every leftist has on their hands the crimes of Mao, Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot, and we are just at the beginning of this century where the Left and Jihad are one.

      • SoWhat78

        What about the destructive leftism and “progressivism” that organized Jewry has imposed on other nations besides Israel, or course? Do you criticize that? Do you criticize such blatant hypocrisy?

        • liberalism is a mental illness

          What hypocrisy? What “organized Jewry (lol)” imposed on other nations?

          • SoWhat78

            Are you familiar with the Frankfurt school? Look at the roles of Jews in the Bolshevik revolution. These are just two examples.

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Blah blah blah. La di da di da. Get some risperidone bro.

          • SoWhat78

            I’m done corresponding with you, I think. Your refusal to actually engage in debate with actual arguments and facts discredits you and speaks volumes about your character. Your true colors have been revealed by your infantile conduct. What more is there to say?

          • liberalism is a mental illness

            Umm I never made any statements or made any assertions that actually required any facts to back them up lol!! You’ve made dozens. I was just asking questions which apparently drove you to hysteria. You’re done “corresponding” with me “you think.” Not sure?? I think you’ll be back for more punishment. What more is there to say?? Clearly you are an anti semitic dellusional lunatic -sshole that is terribly jealous of Jews. You follow the now popular conspiracy theory that evil Jews control the world. That says volumes about your character.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Lots of leftists are white. You hate whites too?

          • defcon 4

            Isn’t the Protocols of the Elders of Zion your main source for your delusional antisemitism? Or would that be the holey quran?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “…organized Jewry…”

          Uh…which “Jewish theocracy” are you talking about?

        • Habbgun

          There are Jewish leftists but they are emulating Europeans. You do realize that these Jews prefer everything European than anything Jewish. You get what you reward. Did you see Occupy??? Eurotrash wannabe’s through and through. It is people like you pal who are the real problem and it goes very deep. You know it so you go on offense. You are not fooling anyone. You and yours are the problem. REFORM YOURSELVES!!!!!!!

        • defcon 4

          Israel, the only place in the Mid-East and N. Africa where Jews, atheists, Christians and Baha’i aren’t murdered, raped and persecuted by muslimes w/impunity.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “…one more politician who allows himself to be bought by the world jewish lobby”

      Translation: Someone with a functioning moral compass.

      “How come, in your world, Jews cannot be criticized?”

      I hate most kosher foods.

    • defcon 4

      Are Jews engaged in a worldwide jihad Hajji?

  • BagLady

    Is it possible to support Israel and still have ties to the Arab world?”

    Funnily enough, today I was looking up Canadian banking practices for a friend. I noticed that Pensions are paid to Canadian ex-pats in almost all countries but not one single Muslim country.

    • Higlac

      That’s because to date no Canadian expatriate pensioners have been living in Moslem countries, thank goodness!!!

      • BagLady

        Hope you checked your facts. I see Canadian pensioners living in the most unlikely places.

        • reader

          “Lady”, “you checked your facts” and you are incompatible. Your “facts” are talking points picked up on huffpo, daily kos and similar sewer networks. Your’re a proved moron, and you don’t have to make so much effort to reinforce your reputation. We got it.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      So Canadian banks are not sharia-compliant.

      That’s a real shame.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    They’re already waging war against the West. Standard up for ourselves rhetorically can’t inflame anyone any longer. They’ve already shot their wad over cartoons and videos.

  • BagLady

    “Under Harper’s leadership, Canada has become a player in the global
    arena for the first time. And this achievement owes in large part to his
    decision to support Israel.”

    Sounds more like political expedience rather than heart felt conviction.

  • defcon 4

    I’d be more interested in why Harper didn’t order an investigation into the police dept. responsible for strong-arming a rabbi into dis-inviting Pamela Geller from speaking at his synagogue. An action that stinks of islam0fascism to me and happened in Canada on Harper’s watch.

    • BagLady

      She talks rubbish and is a racist, rabble rouser. Why would you want her in a synagogue?