The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) expresses its gratitude to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for their principled and unyielding support of the State of Israel.
Prime Minister Harper and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, have been resolute in defending Israel, pushing back against the stream of attack coming from those who wish to delegitimize the only democracy in the Middle East. In recent days, Canada called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to immediately dismiss its special investigator Richard Falk after he accused Israel of genocidal intentions against the Palestinians. Falk has a long history of unvarnished bias against the Jewish State.
Mr. Harper and Mr. Baird have shown moral vision and courage in taking the lead position against the outrageous, by turning Canada’s back to the anti-Semitic hate-fest at Durban and to former Iranian President Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier wanting to be a Holocaust perpetrator. In standing in support of Israel, they have reflected the Canadian commitment to justice and balance that makes Canada a country in which diversity is a practical blessing, rather than a source of friction.
As we stand on the threshold of the year 2014, the more than 1000 rabbis of the RCA – located throughout Canada, the United States, Israel, and beyond – pray that Mr. Harper’s principled stance will continue to be a light unto the nations, who will finally realize what Canada already knows: that Israel embraces the values of freedom, dignity, and democracy that are much-needed tools to heal a troubled world.