Netanyahu lauds Harper’s ‘moral leadership’ upon arrival to Israel

Netanyahu lauds Harper’s ‘moral leadership’ upon arrival to Israel
PM welcomes his visiting Canadian counterpart, praising “great friend of Israel, Jewish people”.

With the ceremonial trappings generally reserved for kings and presidents, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warmly greeted his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper to Jerusalem on Sunday, praising him for his “courage, clarity and convictions.”
“You are a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said at an unusual welcoming ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s office. “I am not just saying that, I mean it deeply from the bottom of my heart, and I am speaking for all of the people of Israel.”
One diplomatic official said that the ceremony, which included an honor guard, trumpets blaring, and a long receiving line, was unusual for anyone but heads of state, and was meant to underline Israel’s appreciation to Harper and Canada.

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