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        5/24/2013, Sivan 15, 5773

      Harper: Canadian Support for Israel while I'm in Office


      Stephen Harper says that as long as he is prime minister of Canada, the country will remain very supportive of Israel, according to a Thursday report by Shalom Toronto. During a conversation with Co-Chairman Robert Rubin of the Council on Foreign Relations, Harper criticized the short-sightedness of Western governments for their softening support of Israel, calling it the one stong, stable, democratic ally the West has in this part of the world.

      The prime minister said Israel has to be preoccupied with all the risks it faces, including the Iranian nuclear threat, which he considered to be the biggest threat to the globe today. While encouraging Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume talks and make progress on a peace deal, he said the international community should back away from high hopes of the Arab Spring revolutions, noting the dissatisfaction that remains in Egypt and the unknown extent of terrorist elements in Syria. He said he did not regret Canada's participation in the removal of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi from office, despite Libya's current problems.