Although Israel is just a tiny strip of land (only 65% of the size of Vancouver Island!) it seems that the world is constantly pre-occupied with everything that happens here!
Indeed, there are days when Israelis feel they are "under the microscope of criticism". The feeling that the entire world is against us, no matter what we do--or don't do--weighs heavily on us all.
There are many in the public eye who make a "trip to Israel" (whether it's for a "personal cause" or a campaign for office), in a bid for publicity and air time. Good or bad, Israel always manages to make the headlines.
In a society where elections can be won or lost on a single statement, it is not easy to be a politician who (openly) stands with Israel. It is not easy to swim against the current.
In November 2010 the Prime Minister of Canada did just that when he made this speech. He spoke simply, honestly and with integrity. It never hurts to hear it again...Thanks Canada!