GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Harper's Speech on Israel last night....

I was at the Prime Minister's speech last night at the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy dinner - and he was just excellent. So, here's a full copy of his speech:
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you, Linda, for that kind introduction, and thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for that very warm welcome.

I’m very pleased to join with the CIJA family of agencies this evening.

On behalf of Canada’s New Government, I’d like to thank you for helping to strengthen both Canadian civil society and the long-standing friendship between Canada and Israel,

Not to mention your encouragement of the Jewish community's full and active participation in the political process.

It’s a great honour, therefore, to be able to once again address this biennial gathering.

Now friends, I’m going to be brief in my remarks tonight, as the message I want to convey is clear, direct, and concise.

Over the past year, we got a pretty sharp reminder that it’s one thing to offer supportive words to Israel when it’s convenient, and quite another to stand firm in its hour of need.

Last summer, when Israel came under attack from terrorist groups, this government stood against those organizations and their objectives, and we stood with our friend in the democratic family of nations, the state of Israel.

We stood by the commitment I made at your last dinner. When it was not popular to do so, we stood and told the truth.

Israel had a friend when it mattered, and that, my friends, is the only thing that really counts.

Because a battle between a democratic state and terrorist groups who seek to destroy both it and its people is not a matter of shades of grey – it is a matter right and wrong.

Now friends, just as our government supports Israel’s right to defend her borders and her population, so too do we support a fair and just future for the Palestinian people.

And I know this is something you support as well, because each of us in this room tonight has a strong reverence for human dignity, and that’s why Canada’s New Government supports the creation of a viable, democratic Palestinian state that will live peacefully beside a secure, prosperous Israel.

The road to this much-needed state, however, will not be paved with the blood of innocent victims of terror. It will only be achieved through negotiations carried out in good faith by serious players who actually desire peace, and we sincerely believe that peace is what the majority of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians truly want.

And that’s why we’re going to continue standing up against the terrorists, extremists, and fanatics who eschew peace and stability while embracing violence and chaos.

And when faced with such threats, Israel will always have a steadfast friend in Canada’s New Government.

Thank you.

Shalom.

God bless Canada.
What a terrific speech. Makes me proud to be a Canadian.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Toronto Twink, Vancouver Centre said...

I have nothing to absolutely reject about the speech, but don't you think that Canada's Middle East policy should be less biased.

The Liberals, for instance, argue that Harper is too pro-Israel. Fact is, since Harper took such a pro-Israeli stand last Summer, his popularity has fallen considerably....The Tories have frozen in the polls in Quebec, which means that they will not get a majority next time.....It's very probable that they will lose to the Dion Liberals.

It's okay to support the State of Israel, but not to the exclusion of the other actors in the region. Canadians, as dictated within the Liberal Party want a more balanced approach to the Mid East!

Though I refuse to reaveal my sexual orientation, I have been involved with some Jewish people that I found incredibly hot and attractive.

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberals support the terrorists just as much or more than Israel - and they won't excuse Israelis simply because they're being killed. Liberals are either stupid or anti-semitic if they want people to believe there is no difference between those responsible for violence and those who are forced to react to that violence.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

@Toronto Twink:

Though I refuse to reaveal my sexual orientation

I'm confused; was that a joke?!


@GayandRight:

What a terrific speech. Makes me proud to be a Canadian.

Here here!

1:58 AM  
Blogger William Demers said...

Great speech. Thanks for posting it.

10:22 AM  
Blogger vicki said...

twink...when Liberals say 'balanced' it really means 'wishy-washy, with no backbone'.It also means 'we have no real policy because we don't know what to do'.It can also mean'we have no principle so let's pretend'.It also transltes 'let's say something really profound here so the media will make it look like we know what we are talking about'
I could go on...
PM Harper has backbone.
We know what he stands for, he clearly defines policy and principle.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Brian in Calgary said...

It's okay to support the State of Israel, but not to the exclusion of the other actors in the region.

If an "actor" in question is a terrorist organization that wants to drive Israel into the sea, and continues to deliberately target innocent civilians, including old people and infants, with suicide bombers, then the actor should be excluded, until it renounces terrorism, and accepts Israel's right to exist. One should never be neutral with Evil.

5:00 PM  

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