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Rasmussen: 59% of Americans Prepared to Support Israel Militarily if Attacked

Canada, UK, Israel Lead American’s Lists of Top Allies

As a Canadian & an Israeli I’m feeling pretty gratified by strong numbers coming out of Rasmussen polling in the USA. Americans to the tune of  86% consider Canada America’s number one ally, and over 70% of Americans rally to the cry that Canada should be defended by Old Glory if attacked. The UK runs in second place neck in neck with the Canucks..

Surprise! Following just behind those two obvious and cherished US friends according to Americans?

Israel on both counts.

70% of Americans polled rated Israel as an American ally, number three on the list. In contrast, the top Arab country rated was Egypt and only 39% of Americans consider Mubarak’s country an ally. In the event of conflict, 59% of Americans polled respond that their ally Israel should be assisted militarily. 8% of Americans polled rated Israel as an enemy of the USA, 16% said neither an enemy or a friend.

Only 5 countries in the world made the list of nations the majority of Americans are prepared to support militarily if attacked. Mexico was virtually tied with Israel in 3rd. Two of the five clearly share more than just friendships, they share a common large expansive border.

The feeling is mutual

Overall, one can say these feelings a more than mutual. Clearly any polling done in Israel will reveal that Israelis consider the USA & Americans as their best friends. On the military front, Israel in both Gulf War conflicts and after 9/11 was prepared & offered military assistance if desired. That being beyond the normal ongoing intelligence & covert means we do not read about between strategic allies, and strategic basing & assets the US already holds within Israel.

Growing Support:

In May 49% of Americans were prepared to assist Israel militarily. These latest numbers are up a whopping 10%, clearly in response to the Iranian threat. In Israel itself, 85% of Israelis polled support Israeli military action to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons, and 92% of Israeli Jews are prepared to ‘engage in military battle’.

Just Shy in Canada: Tories smack Liberals around with solid minority Government

Just shy of a majority

Not enough to secure a full mandate, but the Conservatives led by Harper have made a strong showing, it looks like 145 seats, 10 shy of a full majority. It was clear that given the turmoil of late especially in financial markets it would be very difficult to gain a full mandate. But the win is still striking in overall context, the Liberals are in big trouble and we should expect leader Dion to get the boot in a few months further fracturing the party. Near historic lows for seat numbers here, they got walloped - The Conservatives have nearly doubled the Liberal seat return.

All this seems all the more surprising to me in light of the Obama craze in the USA, the eco craze, the difficult Afghan mission which does not enjoy any popular support on the left, and Canada’s strong liberal lean.

Of note: the NDP under Layton spun wheels and went nowhere. The Greens? So far not a single seat including their leader. The Bloc in Quebec wholly unimpressive with little movement tallying about 50 seats while Harper’s large 24 seat cabinet holds with only a single seat loss in Quebec which is impressive. Turn out in the 50s, shameful. It’s called Democracy, use it or lose it folks.

Full election seat breakdowns via CTV / Bell Globemedia

Good to see Canada will have continued strong leadership, fiscal responsibility, and open eyed foreign policy under the Conservatives, as a dual citizen it’s a dual win for me for both Canada & Israel.

New Liberal Definition: Can We Start Again? (Stephane Dion Video)

My MP running to be Prime Minister of Canada (HT Hotair)

The audacity of hope, literally. I don’t know frankly what is more audacious, the cluelessness the of the new left, or the audacity of our media shoveling it down our throats as the new majority endlessly. Wouldn’t it be nice for a change to get a look behind the scenes of this media political machine?

Well, about 4 days shy of national election it seems Stephane Dion Liberal leader is getting some audacity of his own, with the airing of this CTV News interview gem below. I guess at some point even the sympathetic media needs to stop, take a look at the left they are touting like crazy and say, can we start again? Kinda sucks for him, maybe if he had undergone a sex change operation or painted himself less white he’d have gotten off on this one.. We’ll never know lol.

We are beyond the language barrier here and into stupido territory incidentally. Much more at Kate’s Small Dead Animals. Don’t forget to cast your vote this Tuesday Canucks, lest you miss out on this golden opportunity to pay Carbon Taxes!

Eye in the Sky: IAI Heron UAV to fly with Canadian troops (Video)

Via the Jewish Tribune:
Canada ends absurd Israeli military ban, chooses to arm Canada with the best..

Israel had loaned drones to NATO allies previously in Afghanistan, and Iraq. I believe even to Canadian armed forces in the Afghani theatre. The reports from the field have been glowing, the hardware was making a huge difference. The little hand launched Skylark drone was rumored to be in great favor with American forces and Israeli hardware was quickly being looked at in greater quantity by the US DOD. Now this success in the field may have broken open a Canadian dam, the ban on purchases of hardware from the holy land..

TORONTO – Canada’s decision to supply its troops in Afghanistan with two Israeli models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), starting in February 2009, brings to an end a long-standing policy in the defence ministry that had prohibited the purchase of Israeli equipment. Indeed, the policy was so rigorously enforced that even camping equipment that could be used for military purposes had been banned.

Two years ago, at a meeting between B’nai Brith Canada leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of the organization, had asked why Canadian troops weren’t being supplied with the absolute best military equipment available. The prime minister indicated he would look into the matter.

As a result of the new policy coming into effect after considerable debate among Canadian parliamentarians, the French Sperwer that’s currently in use will be replaced by the Israeli Heron and Skylark drones, which are designed to better withstand Middle Eastern weather and environmental conditions, in particular the heat, wind and sandy dust, known as hamsin.

According to analysts, it also has a quieter engine, flies higher, carries more weight and can operate for a longer period. Some MPs have questioned the decision after more than $250 million had been spent on the French product.

“As Canadians, we are now relieved knowing that our frontline soldiers will have the best equipment, and we’re pleased that a biased policy has been removed from the government,” Dimant said. Canada’s decision came at the end of a year of negotiations with Israel Aircraft Industries (AIF), and the deal could total $125 million over six years.

The 998-kilogram Herons – Israel’s first long-rage UAV with an estimated range of up to 3,300 kilometres – will be delivered to the Canadian air force, while the Skylark mini-UAVs – launched by hand and used for close-range surveillance and reconnaissance – will be used by ground troops.

The Heron is deployed and tested by Israel, a newer version known as Eitan that is based on the huge Heron platform is now also in use by Israel with even more advanced electronic systems. Both platforms may be able to do more than just look around, rumored to be able to uhh.. deliver payloads.

The tiny Skylark looks like a model airplane, while the Heron is nearly the size of a small fighter. Good news for brave Canadian forces taking the fight to terrorists far from home, and yet another fine example of Harper’s responsible leadership – Putting Canadian forces above previous Liberal government idiocy which slashed budgets, gave little moral support, and evidently kept top notch hardware out of Canadian hands. One can only hope this is the start of a fruitful relationship benefiting both nations going forward.

Video of the Heron & capabilities

 

Peril In Canada: Defend the Institute – CIJA Needs to Back CIJR yesterday (Updated II: Hecht Responds)

Federation in Canada is attacking the institute of all places!?

Israel advocacy in Canada has four letters as far as I am concerned, CIJR.

I read this in JPOST today in shock that the institute, the venerable CIJR run for decades now by Professor Krantz is being marginalized by the political nitwits in the Canadian Jewish community. Federation is very good at raising & spending money, this I already know.. It is also not so good at Israel advocacy or turning out little Zionists, in fact it is piss poor at that on its best day. That all important mission has historically fallen to more passionate places & people like Professor Krantz, who is a beacon and mentor to a great many, myself included and of course the highly regarded Jewish community day schools.

This think tank is on steroids!

Without luminaries such as Krantz and the think tank, there would be no Hashmonean, because I started my own writing over 15 years ago at Dateline Middle East, the student publication that originated at the Institute from before the days of the big bad internet even. Other far greater CIJR products than myself come to mind, Hillel Neuer, now infamous for taking on the United Nations itself at UNWATCH - I had the pleasure of writing and honing my Zionist teeth with him at the Institute under Krantz.. Not enough? Perhaps CK the man behind Jewlicious, who also is cut from the same fine cloth of CIJR & Montreal based advocacy with years of devotion to the cause under his belt.. There are dozens and dozens more passionate effective advocates for Israel out of the Institute’s think tank.

I am alarmed that strong voices like the Canada Israel Committee which has historically been a solid supporter of CIJR is now apparently pressured to prop up politically correct watered down forms of advocacy in Canada. This is a sure road to nowhere, when the suits come in with their PR glitz and salaries one thing is lost for sure, grassroots Zionism which in reality is the only effective kind. 

CIJA is a foreign entity to me, its creation is beyond my own tenure in the old lush zionist fields of Canada, but if this is the state of affairs, then the state of affairs for the good of Israel, Canada, and the Canada Israel relationship needs to change.

Restore CIJR’s funding, or wake up 10 years later to find that Canada Israel advocacy is nothing more than an empty suit which bleeds Canadian Jews of their gelt with little return for all, especially Israel.

LINK: One look at the empty CIJA Website tells it all..
Shocking. Where have the millions mentioned in the article gone? The CIJR budget is and has always been tiny, the returns well beyond fiscal measure. How much money was wasted so far in 2008 by the CIJA? I’m sure they’d rather we all not know..

Is this part of the new wave of pseudo Israel advocacy like J-Street? Now it is coming to Canada too?

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Update: Bill Bilek CIJR’s Original Chairman responds at JPOST

As one of the original founders of the CIJR with Prof. Kranz, and as its first Chairman, and as a former Chairman of the Quebec Region of the Canada-Israel Committee, I can attest to the strength of will, and the can-do spirit of the Canadian Jewish community. It is the leadership that, with rare exception, has failed its constituency. Over the years, a small clique of moneyed “machers” has suppressed efforts to actively support the policies of the Israeli government, when they viewed them as inconvenient, or “politically incorrect” and risking their privileged status in Canadian society.

William Bilek, m.d. – USA (09/21/2008 22:07)

Hardly a vote of confidence for the ‘money machers’ from one of the former main men, I look forward to the canned press release from CIJA stating.. nothing at all likely. Wouldn’t it be something to see them openly & publicly challenge Canadian Israel advocates with decades of service, while they seemingly cannot challenge public opinion in Canada from those with a less than stellar message about Israel because it may not be ‘politically correct’?

It is ‘Self Serve’ these days I guess

You would think that a more friendly Harper govt would in essence make the advocacy market smoother in Canada, and CIJR even more welcome, as opposed to rougher. But take a guess which side of the aisle the ‘blackballers’ stand on, left you say? Shocka!! I’m basking in the North American bi-partisan Israel love lately..

There are a few more Canadian heavy hitters that are CIJR supporters, even if they don’t sound off publicly one would hope they can put the screws on privately at least, if not for the Institute than at least for Canadian Israel advocacy’s sake. Until then I’m sorry ‘our shitty little country‘ and some of its strongest advocates are embarrassing some well to do Canadians so.

Update II: Oh yeah - Canadian heavy hitter & Israel advocate Thomas Hecht responds..

“We are existentially threatened by the malice of the wicked enhanced by the hesitation and weakness of the allegedly virtuous” W.Churchill 1938; When describing the threat by Hitler to our civilization , equally relevant today !!

Congratulations Mr. Leibler and best wishes,
Thomas O. Hecht former Chairman Canada Israel Committee-Quebec Region and former President of UIA and the Israel Bond Organization in Canada.
Thomas O. Hecht – Canada (09/22/2008 23:03)

When some of the biggest names in passionate Canadian Israel advocacy of the last decade agree there is a problem, it would appear there is indeed a serious problem, just saying..

B’nai Brith: PM Harper has reached out over Sukkot election call

Will the Tories pick up a Parliamentary majority in the snap elections called for October 14th?

B’nai Brith says Orthodox voters can and should participate. Canadian Jews were a bit miffed that the snap election call in Canada set for mid October falls in line with Sukkot this year, making it more difficult for Orthodox Canadians to head out to polling stations. It would be a big stretch however to paint Harper & the conservatives as anything but welcoming and friendly to the Canadian Jewish community and by extension Israel.

Canada has made big strides in its Israeli relationship over the past 2-3 years with Harper at the helm of a minority govt, compared to a 12 year plus Liberal reign that was at times nearly hostile.. Under Harper the Hezbollah conflict and a much more balanced stance at the UN come to mind.

B’nai Brith has issued a statement on the matter of the elections, highlighting new electoral options to ensure full & fair participation by Orthodox Canadians to the process..

OTTAWA, September 5, 2008 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been in ongoing discussion with B’nai Brith Canada over his decision to hold an election on October 14, 2008, the Jewish holiday of Succot. The Jewish human rights organization, which would have preferred an election date that did not coincide with a significant day on the calendar of the Jewish religion, nevertheless characterized the Government’s decision as “understandable” in light of electoral campaign laws and international obligations. 

Prime Minister Harper has personally reached out to the Jewish communityand contacted B’nai Brith regarding his decision to hold the upcoming federal election on a date that falls on a Jewish holiday,” said Frank Dimant, Executive Vice President of B’nai Brith Canada. “While it is regrettable that the Prime Minister ultimately settled on the date of Succot, we understand that the government had only the narrowest window of opportunity to schedule an election. We also recognize that the Prime Minister has made every sincere effort to arrive at a resolution that would not impose limitations on Orthodox Jews.

“Unlike previous elections, there is currently in place a new set of electoral laws that provide ample alternatives for voters to cast their ballot on days other than the scheduled election date. We appreciate the careful deliberation of the Prime Minster Harper on this sensitive matter to the Jewish community. B’nai Brith will work with Jewish community members to ensure their full participation in the election process.”

B’nai Brith Canada will be convening Town Hall pre-election debates across the country to bring issues of Jewish community concern to the fore. The first is to take place in Toronto on Wednesday, September 10 in the riding of Don Valley West. B’nai Brith will shortly release an Election Task Force Guide titled, ‘Issues of Concern and Recommendations for Action’ that will be accessible on the organization’s website www.bnaibrith.ca.

I will be voting by mail myself but not so much because of Sukkot per say, but because I’m in the holy land. It’s no secret who will be getting my vote either, despite the fact that Liberal opposition leader Stephan Dion is my riding’s representative / minister in Canada. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Canada hold conservative, the US hold conservative, and Israel usher in a new Likud govt? Trifecta.