CIJA Welcomes Prime Minister Harper to Israel

TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Israel today where he will be warmly welcomed for his strong, principled support of the Jewish state. He will be accompanied by a diverse delegation of Canadians that includes many representatives from the CIJA Board of Directors who have been instrumental in building support for Israel in Canada.

Upon the Prime Minister's arrival, CIJA Chair David Koschitzky issued the following statement:

"We extend a warm welcome to Prime Minister Harper on his inaugural trip to Israel. The Prime Minister's steadfast support of the Jewish State - and keen understanding of the challenges facing the only liberal democracy in a turbulent region - is a remarkable example of moral clarity for which all Canadians should be proud.

"This trip will yield benefits for both Israel and Canada. It is an opportunity to further expand the bilateral relationship in a range of important areas including trade, energy cooperation, and joint medical and environmental research.

"It is also an excellent opportunity for Canada to continue to play an important role in the stability of the region through continued investment in Palestinian security infrastructure.

"CIJA is delighted to have the opportunity to host the entire delegation at a reception immediately following Prime Minister Harper's historic address to the Knesset on Monday."

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is the non-partisan advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada.

SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

For further information:

In Canada:

Steve McDonald
Associate Director, Communications
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

In Israel:

Martin Sampson
Director, Communications
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

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