Canada names a partisan voice as new ambassador to Israel

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (right) announced in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 8,...

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (right) announced in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 8, 2013 that Vivian Bercovici (left) of Toronto will be Canada's new ambassador to Israel. (DAVID AKIN/QMI Agency)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

OTTAWA — On the eve of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first-ever visit to Israel, Canada has named a new ambassador to that country whose appointment is sure to please Harper’s hosts.

The new ambassador to Israel, Toronto lawyer Vivian Bercovici, had a monthly column in Toronto Star that would please most small-c conservatives anywhere when it comes to her positions on Israel and the Middle East.

“My interest in Israel and the region goes back a long way,” Bercovici told reporters. Bercovici, who is Jewish, studied at York University and the University of Toronto, but she also spent two years at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the early ‘80s.

“Now is a very important time in the region, as important as ever, and I’m very honoured to be appointed to take on this role. I know that this government’s principled stands on various fronts is warmly welcomed and appreciated by both the Israeli government and the Israeli people.”


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