Before there was President Donald Trump, there was Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper consistently championed Israel. He would also fight anyone (including President Obama) who tried to demonize Israel. His strong leadership is very much missed and needed today.
If Stephen Harper was still Canadian Prime Minister he would not have betrayed Israel at the UN, the way Justin Trudeau recently did. He would have re-located Canada’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. He also would have taken significant action against anti-Semitism, which has skyrocketed in Canada since the election of Prime Minister Trudeau.
The Israeli government should bestow this honor onto Stephen Harper. He deserves it. Israel has never had a better friend than Stephen Harper, who is still a global advocate for Israel almost 5 years after he left office.
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Stephen Harper Nominated to Have a Jerusalem Street Named After Him
By Algemeiner, December 18th, 2019:
Jerusalem City Council member Dan Illouz (Hitorerut) on Tuesday officially nominated former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2006-2015) for the honor of having a Jerusalem street named after him.
Though tradition dictates that the honor be reserved for individuals who have been dead for at least three years, exceptions may be made—and “Harper is a strong case for such an exception,” Illouz told JNS. “Throughout his time in office, he was, and continues to be today, a devoted friend of Israel,” he said.
Harper was the first Western leader to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas’s electoral victory in 2006. In 2009, he was the first to withdraw from the infamous Durban Review Conference, saying the event would “scapegoat the Jewish people.” In a 2014 Knesset speech, Harper committed to support Israel “through fire and water.” He is also known for changing Canada’s voting record in the United Nations in support of the Jewish state, ending funding to UNRWA, opposing Iran’s nuclear program, promoting investment in Israeli security and intelligence and modernizing trade agreements between Israel and Canada to increase trade and business connections.
“It is in recognition of this significant support that I seek to honor Harper with a street name in the capital city. Doing so during Harper’s lifetime would show the world how Israel treats its friends, which would be a big step for diplomatic relations,” said Illouz.
During Harper’s visit to Israel in September of this year, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman wrote on Twitter: “I can think of few if any world leaders who have been better friends of Israel over the past generation [than Harper].”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also expressed appreciation for Harper’s devout support of Israel.
A pleasure to meet with President Rivlin in Jerusalem. We discussed the importance of global support for the State of Israel. pic.twitter.com/n0WqESQW9c
— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) November 10, 2019
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