PM Stephen Harper cheered at Western Wall

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:34 PM ET

JERUSALEM — The day after becoming the first Canadian prime minister to speak to Israel's parliament, Stephen Harper was cheered by hundreds of devout Jews at the Western Wall, the most holy of places for the world's Jews.

It was the latest sign that Harper's consistent support for Israel has easily made him the most popular foreign leader in this country.

"Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you," Harper told the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in a speech Monday for which he received a standing ovation.

That speech and his visit has been front page news for two days running.

The letters to the editor praising Harper were nothing like he's likely ever seen in Canada.

The Jerusalem Post published a letter from Mattias Rotenberg: "What a breath of fresh air! What an example to the world! What a man of principle! What wisdom!"


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