In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, Israel Bonds Canada honored former prime minister Stephen Harper on the actual date – May 14 – that David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence. The event was held at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal.
Harper, a steadfast advocate of Israel, declared, “Our support for Israel’s right to exist is unwavering, her right to self-defense unequivocal and her right to peaceful recognition unfaltering.”
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with Robert Issenman, displays the
Israel Bonds Unity Award (Photos: Photo Suits)
Event Co-Chair Robert Issenman introduced Harper, praising him as a “fierce critic of anti-Semitism.” Issenman referred to Harper’s 2014 speech to the Knesset when he was prime minister, in which he stated, “Canada supports Israel because it is right to do so, and through fire and water, Canada will stand by you.”
Harper live-tweeted on his official Twitter account, “Proud to stand with the Jewish community of Montreal as Israel marks 70 years of freedom, democracy and independence. Thank you Israel Bonds Canada and Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue for hosting me today.”
Event co-chairs Gad Bitton, Murray Dalfen and Robert Issenman presented the Israel Bonds Unity Award to the prime minister. The inscription read, “Presented to The Right Honorable Stephen Harper, for exceptional and courageous leadership in building an unbreakable bond of shared values between Canada and Israel. Thank you / Merci /Toda Raba. May 14th, 2018. Montreal, Canada.”
Also participating in the program was Israel’s Consul-General David Levy, who congratulated the Israel Bonds organization for its achievements in strengthening Israel’s economy.