PM welcomes his visiting Canadian counterpart, praising “great friend of Israel, Jewish people”; FM Liberman greets Stephen Harper as he lands in Israel for first official visit by serving Canadian premier in past 14 years.
ed note–pay attention to the ‘logic’ here–supporting Israel and the Jewish people is the basis upon which someone is ‘moral’ They can be a mass murderer, thief, liar, cheat, pedophile, etc, but as long as they are ‘down’ with the Jews, they are ‘ok’.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed to Israel on Sunday his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, praising him as “a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Netanyahu greeted Harper on his first visit to the region and hailed the Canadian prime minister’s “moral leadership” in regard to approaching terrorism, anti-Semitism, Iran and the peace process.
“You and Canada stood unflinchingly on the right side of history,” Netanyahu said, touching on the Iranian nuclear issue.
“We look forward to showing you our country, it’s smaller than Canada, but has a huge heart,” Netanyahu said at an official reception ceremony at his residence in Jerusalem.
Harper arrived earlier Sunday for the first visit by a serving Canadian prime minister since 2000.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman greeted Harper and his wife Laureen as they disembarked from their plane for the four-day official trip.
Harper was scheduled to meet with Netanyahu in Jerusalem Monday followed by a meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Earlier Sunday at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu hailed Harper as a personal friend and “a great friend of Israel”.
“Prime Minister Harper articulates a clear, courageous and moral stance in relation to the truth and the standards needed by the international community regarding Israel and the conflict here,” he said. “I think he has taken a moral stand worthy of admiration, and I welcome him on behalf of the Israeli government and on behalf of all the citizens of Israel.”
Harper was also slated on Monday to make the first-ever address by a Canadian prime minister to the Knesset.