With Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first upcoming trip to Israel, Jerusalem Post columnist Dan Illouz tells readers why the PM supports Israel and what Israel’s diplomat’s can learn from this (hint: it has nothing to do with the Israeli-Arab conflict).
“Ever since the start of the Oslo peace process, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has stopped defending Israel. Instead, it started defending the two-state solution……..The world, they thought, will support the side which shows the greatest embrace of the peace process and of the two-state solution.
When speaking about Israel, Harper never mentions the peace process. It’s not that he opposes a solution, he supports the establishment of a Palestinian State. Yet a more pressing matter for him are ethical issues.
Harper sees Israel as an outpost of democracy in a sea of tyrannical regimes. As a supporter of democracy, he cannot negate the only stable democracy in the Middle East.
Harper looks at Israel as the front line in the war between Western free society and Eastern dark regimes. In this clash of civilizations, how can one not side with freedom? He speaks often of his total opposition to anti-Semitism. To him, the singling out of the Jewish State is no different than the singling out of Jews.
Anti-Zionism is the continuation of the horrible anti-Semitism that has plagued the world for centuries.
Finally, Harper also sees the story of the Jewish nation returning from exile after 2,000 years as a symbol of hope.
This romantic story between a nation and its land, which were separated for so long and are now reunited, is the source of great hope for all people, including Harper himself.
In short, the Canadian prime minister embraces Zionism. He looks at Israel with the admiration that great Zionists do. The question of the Israel-Palestinian conflict is then looked at in the correct context and proportions.
Israel’s goal should not be to justify itself against accusations of apartheid or occupation. Its goal should be to be the one to set the agenda. Once we set the agenda as a Zionist agenda, everything else is seen from a different perspective.”
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