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Why Is Stephen Harper One Of Israel’s Staunchest Supporters?












Harper has backed Israel with such fervor that some scholars and diplomats rank it as the most dramatic shift in the history of postwar Canadian foreign policy Harper has backed Israel with such fervor that some scholars and diplomats rank it as the most dramatic shift in the history of postwar Canadian foreign policy, according to journalist Marci McDonalds 2011 book, The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada. The jolting change has left many of Canadas 375,000 Jews swooning following decades in which Ottawa sought a more neutral posture toward Israel. And they have repaid the good will: Polls showed that for the first time, more than half of Canadian Jews (52 percent) voted for Harpers Tories in the 2011 election, a historic departure from their traditional base in the Liberal Party. Observers agree that Harper, an evangelical Christian, stands to gain little by supporting Israel and in fact may be paying a price. Canada failed the advantage in its 2010 bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, a result some attributed to its foreign policy in general and support for Israel in particular. Politically, Harper also has little to gain and much to Learn More Here lose. The shift in Jewish voting has helped Conservatives browse around this site only in about 10 of Canadas 308 electoral districts, though Jewish voters in three key Toronto-area districts helped replace Liberal members of parliament with Conservatives, two of whom are Jewish themselves. Among Muslims, a community roughly triple the size of Jews in Canada, Harper won a meager 12 percent in the last election. I do think his support for Israel is a principled one because he will stand to lose more non-Jewish votes than gain Jewish ones by his forthright defense of the country, said Henry Srebrnik, who got to know Harper when he taught at the University of Calgary in the early 1990s and Harper represented the city in the House of Commons. <br>More: http://www.timesofisrael.com/why-is-stephen-harper-one-of-israels-staunchest-supporters/



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