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Stephen Harper defends support for Israel, questions arming Syrian rebels

( Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Israel “the
one stable, democratic ally in this part of the world” and expressed
frustration with lack of support for the Jewish state today on a visit to New
York City Thursday. He also criticized the idea of arming Syrian rebels in an
effort to help defeat the Assad regime.

Click photo to download. Caption: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Credit: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons.

“There’s nothing more shortsighted
in Western capitals in our time than the softening of support we’ve seen for
Israel around the globe,” he said according to the Associated Press. “We should not fool ourselves about what’s
happening in Syria.” because there is “brutality and extremism on both sides…To
start talking about arming unnamed people whose objectives we don’t understand,
I think, is extremely risky,” he said.

The words cam just a week after a
video of a Syrian rebel commander appeared online showing him cutting the body
of a dead soldier and biting into his heart, reported Human Rights Watch via Reuters.
When asked to explain his actions, the rebel commander said the man’s phone had
video clips on it of him raping women, burning bodies and cutting off limbs of

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