I wish that the US was as good a friend to Israel as Canada is.
In fact, Canada’s friendship with Israel illustrates just how shamefully the office of the President of the United States treats Israel. At every level, the executive branch of the US government has done everything to marginalize and even betray America’s greatest friend and ally in the Middle East. From the President to the Secretary of State to the Secretary of Defense and onward, Israel has found very few real friends.
“But,” I hear you say, “America has been a great supporter of Israel.”
Yes, the US Congress and Senate. THEY have been good friends of Israel, and I hope that they remain good friends.
Even under such friendly presidents as Bush and Clinton, Israel wasn’t given as warm a reception as she deserved. In fact, the only true friend of Israel that I can think of, outside of Harry Truman, was Ronald Reagan.
Yes, some of the other presidents had their friendly moments and a few good words to say about the Jewish state, but even George Bush denied Israel the right to overfly Iraq.
So, when Canada shows such unashamed and enthusiastic support of Israel…
Well, it makes me want to trade my US passport for a Canadian one. (Assuming that the Canadian government would even want me to have their passport.)
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 | Ryan Jones
Among Western powers, America may be Israel’s greatest ally, but Canada has been making a play for the title of “staunchest friend.”
Speaking at the opening of the 12th annual Herzliya Conference on Monday, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird blasted efforts to delegitimize Israel and its claim to the land as nothing short of anti-Semitism.
“Harnessing disparate anti- Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, [these antagonists] target the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and use, perversely, the language of human rights to do so,” Baird said. “We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is.”
Baird declared that Canada would not be among those nations that engage in anti-Israel rhetoric out of some misguided obligation to be “even-handed.”
During a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Baird said that while Canada officially supports a two-state solution to the conflict, it views the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to unilaterally wrest control of the land via the UN Security Council as “profoundly wrong.”
Back in Jerusalem, Baird told Israeli President Shimon Peres that “Israel has no better friend than Canada,” and stressed that “Canada does not stand behind Israel; Canada stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel.”